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Man who tried to kill wife using car gets 3 to 6 years in prison

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 3/11/20

A man who tried to run over his wife and then tried to kill her in a car crash in Londonderry Township in May 2019 was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in state prison by Dauphin County Judge Deborah E. …

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Man who tried to kill wife using car gets 3 to 6 years in prison

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A man who tried to run over his wife and then tried to kill her in a car crash in Londonderry Township in May 2019 was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in state prison by Dauphin County Judge Deborah E. Curcillo.

The wife of Brian Todd Runkle, 47, pleaded with Curcillo before the sentencing March 4 to not send him to prison based on what she called him having had “one bad night” while under the influence of alcohol.

According to arrest records, Runkle, who at the time was living with his wife in the StarLite Motel on East Harrisburg Pike, kicked her out of the motel on May 13 and then hit her in the back of her legs with a gray Honda Accord.

Runkle then ordered his wife to get into the car, and he tried to unbuckle her seat belt as he was driving on Schoolhouse Road, saying he intended to kill her by wrecking the car.

Runkle then crashed the car into the guardrail at Schoolhouse and Newberry roads while going 40 to 50 mph, according to police.

The woman got out of the car and was taken in by “a good Samaritan” who lived in the 1300 block of Newberry Road.

Runkle had been charged with criminal attempt-criminal homicide, but that charge was withdrawn as part of a plea deal on Jan. 6, according to online court records. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault, and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and DUI.

Curcillo also sentenced Runkle to 7 years of probation after he gets out of prison.