by Jackie Nunnery
LANCASTER—After a nearly full day of hearing evidence and related testimony in Lancaster County Circuit Court, Judge R. Michael McKenney on Friday, December 10, sentenced Jacob Michael Monday to an active sentence of 22 years for the August 23, 2019, shooting death of David LaForge.
As part of the sentencing, Monday was given an additional 12 months, with six months suspended for misdemeanor destruction of property from a separate incident.
Monday pleaded guilty on July 30, 2021, to second-degree murder, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and concealment of a dead body. Monday was originally charged with first degree murder and in exchange for the guilty plea, an additional felony charge for shooting in the commission of a felony was dismissed. As part of the plea agreement, Monday also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for destruction of property resulting from an October 24, 2019, incident at the Lancaster County Jail where Monday was being held.
Prior to sentencing, Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Spencer presented evidence that Monday, just 20 years-old at the time of the murder, repeatedly initiated communication, sometimes of a sexual nature, with the 51-year-old LaForge via Facebook Messenger, “luring his prey for months….[to-view-more]