Barbara Rogers, accused of killing her boyfriend in 2017, leaves jails in Pennsylvania. (PAHomepage.com/PAHomepage.com)
"My boyfriend had a gun," Barbara Rogers told the operator from a home in Coolbaugh Township, Pa., about 110 miles north of Philadelphia, WNEP would later report. "He told me to hold it here and press the trigger. Oh my God, he's dead! "
When they arrived at the tan double-wide trailer, they were 32-year-old Steven Mineo dead from a close-range .45 bullet wound in his forehead. Rogers was arrested and charged with her boyfriend's murder.
Roger and Mineo
According to the book, a bizarre backstory involving an extraterrestrial cult that had swallowed up both Rogers and Mineo Pocono Record, as Rogers's first-degree murder trial began in March, she claimed in court the couple had gotten into a disagreement with the leader of the cult, who preaches a heady stew of alien conspiracy theories, apocalyptic biblical interpretation, and warnings about " reptilian "extraterrestrials living secretly as humans. Rogers claimed a distraught Mineo had placed the gun in her hands and pulled the trigger.
Prosecutors attempted to strip away the otherworldly elements of the tale.
In the end, the jury split the difference, finding Roger's guilty of the lesser charge of third-degree murder. On Monday morning, the 44-year-old was sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison, BRCTV 13 reported.
The sentencing did not sit well with the victim's family.
"To me, it's amazing that somebody could Jackie Mineo, the victim's aunt, told BRCTV 13 on Monday.
Rogers and Mineo were reportedly both followers of Sherry Shriner, who on their website calls themselves a "servant, prophet, ambassador, daughter, and messenger of the Most High God. "According to NJ.com, Shriner believes a" New World Order "is threatening humanity, an evil conspiracy hatched by aliens and other evil beings.
In an interview with NJ.com in July 2017, Shriner denied being a cult leader.
"I do not run a cult," she said.
Mineo reportedly began following Shriner through her online writings and videos in the early 2000s. But his relationship with Rogers finally puts him at odds with the teachings. Shriner told NJ.com she believed Rogers was a "Vampire Witch Reptilian Super Soldier."
Rogers believed red meat was
There are certain types of people who crave the raw meat, those with the vampire demon in them, "Shriner said in a YouTube video, according to
"If the demon manifested in her, if it was the demon or a lizard, if she had both, a human's no match for that child of supernatural strength, "Shriner told NJ.com."
After Mineo's death, Rogers reportedly told investigators that Mineo began to believe that Shriner what in fact a "reptile ian "masquerading as a human being."
On the night of his death, Rogers and Mineo had been drinking at a bar until 2 a.m., according to WNEP. Rogers said the couple had a few drinks, but were not intoxicated.
Back at home, Mineo said they head out to the dark woods and fire his gun. Later back in the bedroom, still distraught about his falling out with Shriner and her followers, he pressed the gun to his head, grabbed her hands, and forced her to pull the trigger, she claimed.
Police, however, claim the shooting was no accident.
Before the March murder trial began, the Rogers were judged to be a plea for a third-degree murder. The defendant declined.
However, following the testimony, the jury convicted Rogers of the third-degree charge. According to the Pocono Record, in Pennsylvania, unlike a first-degree murder charge, a third-degree conviction does not require an intent to kill, even though the defendants have had their say that their behavior is life-threatening.
The third-degree conviction also carries a lesser sentence, with a maximum of 20 to 40 years – which prosecutors requested. Mineo was truly responsible for his death.
And the sentencing on Monday, Rogers reiterated her claims that Mineo was truly responsible for his death.
"I was not in control of the situation that happened," she told reporters.
After the judge sent Rogers away for a minimum of 15 years, prosecutors expressed frustration.
"We would have liked to see more Mineo's mother was less circumspect.
"What happened to my son is permanent," Donna Mineo said. It was totally unfair. "
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