Brookville man sentenced to at least 19 years in prison for murdering his mother, two other cases

BROOKVILLE — A Brookville man has been sentenced to prison for the stabbing death of his mother.

Taylor Wesley Walter, 30, was sentenced to a total of 19 years to life in prison on Thursday, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

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On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Walter’s aunt became concerned about Walter’s mother, 60-year-old Donna L. Walter, because she was unable to reach her by phone or text, according to the prosecutor’s office.

She called a neighbor and asker her to check on Donna Walter, and the neighbor found her “unconscious and bloody,” according to the prosecutor’s office.

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Perry Township Police and Brookville medics responded to the Brookville‐Pyrmont Road home and Donna Walter was pronounced deceased.

The autopsy determined the victim had been stabbed approximately 30 times with a kitchen knife, the prosecutor’s office said.

Further investigation determined Walter had committed the murder.

Following a jury trial earlier this month, Walter was convicted of two counts of murder, one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felonious assault causing serious physical harm.

At the time of the homicide, the prosecutor’s office says Walter was under indictment for aggravated possession of drugs from an incident that happened on  September 3, 2019, on Upper Lewisburg Road. In another unrelated case, Walter was indicted on June 15, 2020,  for burglary and having weapons while under disability for an incident that occurred on June 4, 2020.

Walter entered a plea of no contest in both cases.

On Tuesday, Walter was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for his mother’s murder, plus at least 4 years  in prison for the burglary count, which was ordered to be served consecutively, according to the prosecutor’s office.

He was sentenced to concurrent sentences for his convictions on the aggravated possession of drugs and having weapons while under disability counts.

Walter will not be eligible for consideration of parole until he has served at least 19 years, the prosecutor’s office said.