Samuel Borntreger pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder

Samuel Borntreger

Samuel Borntreger, a former Harrison County Amish minister pleaded guilty in Harrison County court today to a charge of second-degree murder.

He has been in custody since January after telling authorities in Kentucky that he poisoned his wife, Anna Yoder Borntreger, who died in 2006.

Today’s court appearance was originally scheduled to be a bond reduction hearing, however, after a meeting in chambers with the judge, it was announced that Borntreger wanted to enter a guilty plea to a charge of second-degree murder.

Borntreger admitted in court that he put anti-freeze in vitamin drinks, as well as used a syringe to inject battery acid into his wife while she was in a coma.

By admitting to the charge, he will be required to serve a minimum of eighty-five percent of a sentence that will be handed down from the court.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for August 8, with a pre-sentence investigation ordered by the court.

Penalties for Borntreger could range from as little as ten years to a maximum of thirty years to life.