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 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