This week, Patrick Latko, 34, or Gloucester County, New Jersey, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for murdering Ryan Patterson, 34, and his mother, Diana, who was 64. Latko was jealous because his ex-girlfriend had begun a romantic relationship with Ryan Patterson.
The former girlfriend, Holly Patterson (no relation to the victims), described Latko as constantly jealous and accusing her of cheating. They broke up, but he “weaseled his way” back into Patterson’s life. On Nov. 3, 2011, shortly after Holly Patterson broke off the relationship, Latko killed Ryan Patterson and his mother.
Latko will have to spend 126 years in prison to be eligible for parole. The judge addressed him during the sentencing. According to the Press of Atlantic City:
“Who are you, Mr. Latko?” Superior Court Judge Albert Garofolo asked before imposing the sentence. “What are you? … Are you haunted by the pictures we all saw in this courtroom? Are you capable of experiencing that emotion? I think not, because I see a blank wall.”
Coverage on PressofAtlanticCity.com:
Man convicted of fatal stabbings in Hammonton gets two consecutive life sentences