Moncks Corner man sentenced to 35 years for 2011 murder

Published: Oct. 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM EDT
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David Penn and Kathleen Chrastina.
David Penn and Kathleen Chrastina.

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A Moncks Corner man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison in connection with the murder of a woman who offered him assistance during a time of need.

David Penn, 53, was found guilty of murder and grand larceny by a Berkeley County jury Tuesday. He received 35 years for murder and a concurrent five year sentence on grand larceny.

According to a release, the victim, 55-year-old Kathy Chrastina, tried to help Penn by offering him assistance finding a home and food stamps, and lending him money. She also hired Penn to help remodel her home.

Chrastina was found strangled to death with a computer cord in October 2011. Several items were stolen from her home, along with her van, officials say.

Authorities say Chrastina was murdered after Penn began using drugs again and she attempted to cut her ties with him.

The release states DNA was recovered from the van, which was abandoned, and Penn was captured on surveillance video at a Walgreen's where officers later found the contents of the victims purse in a dumpster.

Penn will not be eligible for parole.

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