A Lancaster County woman is being sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her estranged husband on Valentine’s Day

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — A Lancaster County woman received a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for the fatal Valentine’s Day 2021 shooting of her estranged husband.

Daniele Pioli was found guilty in December 2022 of luring Mitchell Pioli to the PNC Bank in Strasbourg and shooting him five times.

“The decisions I made left nothing but loss, grief and despair,” Lancaster County Judge Merrill Spahn said during the sentencing proceedings.

According to the Lancaster County Prosecutor’s Office, evidence and testimony presented throughout the trial included:

  • Witnesses at PNC Bank heard a gunshot and then a rapid succession of gunfire.
  • The Lancaster County coroner who performed the autopsy on the victim testified that all five shots could have been fatal to the victim.
  • Testimony from the defendant’s friend and Ring video camera evidence revealed that the defendant had gone to the friend’s home to pick up her firearm. Wilson also argued that the defendant’s claim that she was scared was inaccurate because she never stopped at the police station or stayed at her friend’s house instead of going to see the victim.
  • Testimony that the defendant made previous threats to kill the victim.
  • Evidence of aaceTime call between the defendant and her friend with the defendant showing a gun moments before the shooting.
  • Evidence of multiple calls from the defendant to friends and family saying she shot the victim, including “He got what he deserved.”

The prosecutor’s office says that the victim’s father forgave her during the lawsuit.

District Attorney Jessica Kulow assisted in the prosecution. Strasburg Borough Police Officer Bradley Clink and Lancaster County Detective Larry Martin filed charges, testified and attended the entire trial.