Saturday, June 4, 2016

DA: Prather appeal "has no merit"

Jonothan Edward Prather, once of Coudersport, is currently at SCI Greene in Waynesburg, PA where he is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Prather, now 24, was convicted of the brutal murder of Samual Miller of Eldred. Miller was lured by Prather and two others to a secluded and wooded area in southern Potter County, where Prather then repeatedly shot the teen, causing his death. Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson prosecuted the case and secured a murder conviction. A judge sentenced Prather to life behind bars and now, Prather disagrees with that sentence. In an appeal, Prather claims that even though he was 19 at the time of the killing, he lacked the maturity and understanding. Basically, he says he was still just a "kid" even though the cases he referred to in his appeal only dealt with those age 18 and under.
During an interview Friday with DA Watson, he said the appeal "holds no merit." Watson said Prather filed what is called a 'Post Conviction Relief Act.' Watson stands firmly behind the conviction and sentence. The District Attorney agreed when we said, "what does he have to loose by filing and appeal..."