Second man found guilty of abusing, murdering Mercer County teen
Following a week-long trial, the roommate of a Mercer County father already sentenced for starving and murdering his son has been convicted for his part in the crime.
Friday afternoon, a jury in Mercer County Common Pleas Court found 30-year-old Paul Bacorn guilty of charges filed in connection with the death of 14-year old Antonio Gonzalez Jr.
It took the jury only 90 minutes to convict Bacorn on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, child endangering, conspiracy to commit child endangering, and tampering with evidence.
The murder conviction is punishable by a life sentence without parole, according to Mercer County District Attorney Peter Acker.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 6.
The teen's father, 34-year-old Antonio Gonzalez, is serving a life prison term after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.
The men were arrested in October 2019 at the home they share on District Road in Delaware Township.
Calling it the worst case of abuse he has seen in 36 years, Mercer County District Attorney Peter Acker said that in addition to suffering severe malnutrition, the teen had been punished and neglected by the two men.
Mercer County Coroner John Libonati ruled that the teen's death was caused by hypovolemic shock, or a low volume of blood, as a result of blunt force trauma.