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Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Juvenile (17)
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: August 19-20, 1980
Date of arrest: Several weeks later
Date of birth: October 1962
Victims profile: Lester Severcool, 43 (her father); Mary Severcool, 38 (her mother); and Ted Severcool, 10 (her brother)
Method of murder: Shooting (.22-caliber rifle)
Location: Springville Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison without parole in February 1982

Severcool sentencing now in September

By Staci Wilson -

July 18, 2012

Roxanne Severcool, the woman convicted of killing her parents and one brother in Springville Twp., 32 years ago, will have to wait until at least September before she is re-sentenced for her crimes.

Severcool is scheduled to be re-sentenced for the murders after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling declared mandatory life in prison without parole sentences imposed on juvenile offenders in homicide cases is unconstitutional.

Severcool was about two months shy of her 18th birthday when she, along with her then boyfriend Robert Fadden, killed Lester Severcool, 43; Mary Severcool, 38; and Ted Severcool, 10, on August 19-20, 1980 by shooting them in their home with a .22-caliber rifle. Another son, James, was also shot but survived.

Severcool, now age 49, was sentenced in February 1982 to life in prison without parole after she was convicted on three counts of first degree murder.

Fadden, who was 24 at the time of crime and the shooter, was sentenced, also in Feb. 1982, to serve three consecutive life terms following a jury conviction.

Severcool had filed a post-sentence relief (PCRA) petition in 2010, which was put on hold at the county court level, pending a decision on a case that was, at the time, waiting to be decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (Commonwealth vs. Batts).

The Batts case was stayed by the court until the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Miller v. Alabama, which it did in June.

A sentencing hearing for Severcool had been scheduled to be held in the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas for Tuesday, July 17 but was continued to Sept. 14.

District Attorney Jason Legg said the defense attorney requested the continuance. He said he agreed to the motion because of “uncertainties that continue to swirl around (the U.S.Supreme Court) decision.”

Legg said there is a question as to whether Miller v.Alabama should be applied retroactively. “Both the Commonwealth and the defense are researching that issue.  In the interim, there may be some other courts making decisions on the retroactivity issue that could provide some additional guidance,” Legg said.

He continued, “Second, in the event that Miller v. Alabama is applied retroactively, the defense needed additional time to obtain Ms. Severcool’s correctional records, evaluations and history for purposes of demonstrating her efforts toward rehabilitation during her incarceration over the past 30 years. ”

Since her arrest, Severcool has been incarcerated – first in the juvenile system and then the adult state prison system.

According to court documents, Severcool has been held since June 28 in the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility awaiting her sentencing hearing.


Deaths rekindle thoughts of Severcools

By Michael J. Rudolph -

July 9, 2008

It was in August 1980, when Lester and Mary Severcool and their 10-year-old son Ted were found shot to death, and their 15-year-old son, James, was seriously injured.

The murders came at the hands of daughter Roxanne Severcool and her boyfriend, Robert Fadden. The two were convicted in separate trials in 1981.

The four victims were discovered at their home on August 23, 1980. Police believed Lester, Mary and Ted Severcool had been dead for several days before they were found.

James Severcool, who had been shot in the head, survived. When he regained consciousness, he managed to crawl outside to the front lawn, where he was spotted by a mail carrier.

Police immediately suspected Fadden and Roxanne Severcool, and issued a nationwide alert. They were eventually found several weeks later in North Carolina, where the had fled with their two-month-old son, Eric.

Fadden was charged immediately with multiple homicide counts. Roxanne Severcool had charges filed against her a week later.

The two were convicted in separate trials in 1981 of multiple counts of first-degree murder. Both are serving life sentences. Fadden is incarcerated at the state prison in Somerset, Somerset County, while Roxanne Severcool is at the state prison at Cambridge Springs, Crawford County.


Roxanne Severcool



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