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State police have made an arrest in the killing of Sharon Benyo.
State police arrested a Beaver Falls man, John Westley Johnson, who found a woman in Beaver County on Wednesday, whose body was found.
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Police have charged John Westley Johnson Jr., 68, with criminal manslaughter in the death of Sharon Benyo, 46, in Beaver Falls.
Benyo’s body was discovered in an open field in the 2400 Block of Constitution Boulevard, also known as Route 51, in the community of Chippewa on Wednesday morning, police said.wikipedia
The body was found by supply workers, and the Beaver County Coroner’s Office attributed the death to gunshot wounds to the head, news partner WPXI-TV reported.
WPXI reported that Benyo was the ex-wife of Beaver County defense attorney Gerald Benyo. She was released from state prison about three weeks earlier and was on his way to getting her life in order, Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said during a news conference.
State police said Saturday they had obtained enough evidence to charge Johnson with the murder, locate him at his home and detain him without incident.
According to court records, Johnson is also charged with illegal possession of weapons in the case.
He was pending in the Beaver County Jail while a lawsuit was pending.
Benyo had recently been released from prison and it was unclear where she lived or what she was doing, according to the Beaver County district attorney.
Johnson faces murder charges.