You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Armored car guard gets life in slaying, $2m heist

Kenneth Konias Jr. told the judge not to “lecture.”

Kenneth Konias Jr. told the judge not to “lecture.”

PITTSBURGH — A former armored car guard was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 10 to 20 years for killing his partner and robbing their truck of $2.3 million, but not before he asked the judge not to ‘‘lecture’’ him.

Kenneth Konias Jr.’s comments drew an audible gasp from the friends, relatives, and co-workers of his victim, fellow Garda Cash Logistics guard Michael Haines.

Continue reading below

Konias, 24, of Dravosburg, initially told Allegheny County Judge David Cashman he had no comments to make before sentencing. Cashman then reviewed the evidence and ridiculed Konias’s trial claims that he had shot Haines in self-defense. The judge said that Konias plotted for months to steal the money — probably to impress a girl he wanted to date — and killed Haines during their Feb. 28, 2012, route because the other guard was all that stood between Konias and the small fortune.

‘‘It became abundantly clear that Michael Haines was a dead man when he walked into the truck’’ that day, Cashman said.

‘‘Your honor, may I?’’ Konias interrupted. Despite being told ‘‘no’’ by Cashman, Konias continued, ‘‘I was going to suggest that you not lecture me and that you can give me this sentence so we can all proceed.’’

Cashman resumed by telling Konias that, ‘‘You’ve already been shown mercy by the Haines family, by not requesting the death penalty. Consider yourself fortunate that you will not be on death row.’’

District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. opted not to pursue the death penalty after consulting with Haines’s family.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of