LANCASTER – The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Lancaster County man currently serving life in prison for murdering his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child, should have his conviction upheld. 32-year-old Matthew Becker of Manheim was sentenced to life in prison plus 20-40 years in March of 2013 for shooting Allison Walsh at a Manheim home on August 12, 2011. Becker had previously attempted to appeal the conviction in local, state, and federal courts and was denied relief. The Court of Appeals sided with the state court’s original findings and ruled that there was no obvious constitutional violation that would allow the federal court to overturn Becker’s conviction.

MATTHEW BECKER