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January 23, 2019

Lansdale man sentenced to prison for killing father with butter knife

As Preston Lonnberg-Lane was led from the courtroom he uttered: ‘Don’t do drugs’

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Lonnberg-Lane Source/Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Preston Lonnberg-Lane, 30, of Lansdale.

A Lansdale man was sentenced to decades in prison on Tuesday for murdering his adoptive father with a butter knife and then pulling out the victim's eyeball.

As he was led from the courtroom after his sentencing, the man told reporters, “Don’t do drugs.”

Preston Alvin Lonnberg-Lane, 30, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to third-degree murder, according to the Pottstown Mercury. He was sentenced to 20-40 years in prison.

Lonnberg-Lane attacked 74-year-old Thomas Lane at their shared residence on March 27. Lane died two days later.

Last April, authorities said Lonnberg-Lane told officers he’d snorted two bags of fentanyl the night of the alleged attack.

Police found Lonnberg-Lane standing barefoot outside the family’s residence on the night of the murder.

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