Man gets up to 49 years for killing father with bat


A Schuylkill County man will serve up to 49 years in prison for beating his father to death with a baseball bat on Father’s Day last year.

Michael Marchalk, 38, of Barnesville, was sentenced to 24.5 to 49 years in prison. He was found guilty in December of third-degree murder, theft and related charges in the death of 60-year-old Gary Marchalk.

Prosecutors said Marchalk lived with his father a few days before the beating and was supposed to enter a drug treatment program.

Instead, they said he beat and robbed his father then stole his parents’ car. Another son found the father dead in the home he shared with his wife Linda, the Schuylkill County treasurer.

Michael Marchalk fled to New Jersey and was arrested days later on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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