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Man appeals life term in murder of man found in SUV in northeastern Pennsylvania ravine


SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — A man convicted in the murder of a man whose body was found in a sport utility vehicle at the bottom of a northeastern Pennsylvania ravine is appealing his life sentence.

Twenty-four-year-old Neil Pal was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison plus 20 to 40 years in the July 2013 death of 24-year-old Frank Bonacci.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) reports that defense attorney William Costopoulous appealed to Superior Court on Tuesday. In county appeals, he sought a third-degree verdict and cited pretrial publicity.

Prosecutors said Pal drove Bonacci to an isolated area and provided the gun used by 24-year-old Jason Dominick, and they then launched the SUV down a 72-foot ravine.

Dominick was convicted of third-degree murder and sentenced to 40 to 80 years.

Information from: The Times-Tribune,

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