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Duo found guilty of murder in death of Penn State professor

George Ishler Jr. and Danielle Geier were both found guilty of all charges, including first-degree murder in the death of Ronald Bettig. (Centre County Correctional Facility)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Two people charged in the 2016 death of a Penn State professor were found guilty on all charges Monday.

George Ishler Jr. and Danielle Geier were both found guilty of all charges, including first-degree murder in the death of Ronald Bettig.

The minimum sentence for first-degree murder is life imprisonment.

In August of 2016, the two were charged with conspiring to kill Bettig to gain his inheritance from his will.

Police said Ishler lured Bettig to a quarry in Potter Township before pushing him over a ledge to his death.

During the course of the six-day trial, the jury heard testimony that included a tape in which Ishler is heard telling police he pushed Bettig off the cliff.

A cellphone that had text messages between Geier and Ishler plotting to kill Bettig was also presented over the six days.

An expert also testified that Bettig was alive for two days after the fall and died from dehydration and other injuries associated with the fall.

The jury took roughly two hours to render the guilty verdicts.

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