The judge has spoken, the widow will see jail time.

Darlene picture on WGAL-TV

Yesterday was the long-awaited court date for the sentencing of the widow of my deceased son Raymond Zachry. Although the district attorney agreed to a sweet plea deal that dropped 50 of the charges against Darlene Zachry, the remaining charge was for perjury when she said she “seen him” sign the forged will and a letter to New York Life Insurance Company attempting to change the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.  This letter was mailed six months after her husband suddenly died from an unexplained cause.

Darlene Zachry will only serve 30 days to one year, but she will get to see another side of justice. 

When the sentence was announced in court, there was an audible groan from spectators and other criminals awaiting sentencing.  One was heard to say, “that is not enough time for all that”!

The story is published in several local Pennsylvania newspapers and national links since it is rare that a will contest is successful in Pennsylvania, even when it is a forgery.

The published story is here:
Philadelphia News

The fact that the widow Darlene Zachry was a vice principal then promoted to administrator at Pennridge High School in Bucks County Pennsylvania weighed heavy in the scoring for her sentence

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  3. This does not seem like an adequate sentence or the proper justice that you all deserve. I’m sorry for all that you and your family have been through, I can’t even imagine. My thoughts are with you. Hugs to you all.



    • Thank you so much for your thoughts, our family agrees it isn’t appropriate sentence, but at least Montgmery County PA has addressed the issue after all these years. Now that the DA has had a first person experience with the widow they can see her personality for themselves and experience her lies and lack of remorse. I will continue my contacts in PA and write letters so they will make her serve more than 30 days.



  4. I agree it does not seem like justice but I hope it brings some sort of closure for you. My mother passed Sept 17 and had to wait till my son was here and we will scatter her ashes in a quiet little stream in about 2 hours. I don’t know if that will bring closure for me.



  5. One can only hope that she does the whole 12 months. And that it is a seriously lousy time in prison. Please tell me she does not get to keep the money and properties. Will there ever be a proper investigation into Raymond’s death? Hugs and good wishes dear Friend.



    • I can only hope and pray that the DA saw her as she really is and will ask for a death investigation. It was strange sitting in the spectator section with people waiting to be sentenced and they offer their condolences that the widow did not receive a longer sentence.

      God bless you and I do hope that Vic is doing better.



  6. 30 days to one year isn’t a lot of jail time. But she will serve a harder time when she’s released. She has a conviction on her record for her actions. She’ll be scrutinized for every decision for the rest of her life.



    • Melanie I have to agree with you – she will probably only serve the 30 days. Each time in court she couldn’t tell the truth, even when cautioned by the judge that she was under oath – she just can’t tell the truth. Now that the DA has seen her up close and had an opportunity to see her – perhaps he will look more closely into her actions the day Ray died.



  7. Shirley, I know this has to be hard on you knowing this is all she got, it just isn’t right but at least it is something. Let us hope she gets inside and does something stupid to make her have to stay longer. My prayers are with you.



    • Thank you so much, your caring means so much to our family. It has been a long, hard journey and no end is in sight. It was heartwarming to be in court surrounded by people waiting their trip to the witness chair for sentencing and they were offering sympathy with my daughter Kathy and me because they believed she should have had more time to think about her criminal actions.



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