Harrisburg man gets life in prison for killing estranged wife

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Phillip Greenhowe

HARRISBURG (WPMT) — A  man who brutally killed his estranged wife in Harrisburg was sentenced Friday to spend the rest of his life behind bars, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office.

Phillip Greenhowe, 37, plead guilty last week to murdering his wife, 27-year-old Shalamar Greenhowe, at their apartment located along the 600 block of Boas Street on January 9. Shalamar was killed while the couple’s two children, a 2-year-old and 7-year-old, were inside the apartment, prosecutors said.

Shalamar died after being strangled and stabbed multiple times, police said.

After killing Shalamar–Greenhowe dropped the two children off at his work, authorities said. He then went to a home in Swatara Township where his other children lived. Prosecutors said that he burned his son’s face with a cigarette and told the boy “this was how he would always remember him.”

Shalamar’s body was found the following day after she had been reported missing by her family. Investigators went to her apartment to serve a warrant on Greenhowe for the incident that happened in Swatara Township when they made the grisly discovery.

Greenhowe was arrested on Jan. 14 at a homeless shelter in Atlanta, Georgia after he stabbed another man in the back several times, investigators said.

At Friday’s sentencing–a Dauphin County Judge  called Greenhowe’s actions “cold and calculating.”  Greenhowe was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.


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