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April 06, 2018 10:04 AM

A 30-year-old man is accused by Pennsylvania authorities of murdering his 74-year-old father with a butter knife.

A statement from Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele confirms the arrest of Preston Lonnberg-Lane of Lansdale on murder charges after officers found his father, Thomas Lane, lying “semi-conscious” in his bedroom with one eye missing.

The elderly victim also had “apparent stab wounds to his head, neck and arm,” the statement alleges.

Lonnberg-Lane allegedly called police to Lane’s home on March 27 shortly before 5 a.m.

Lansdale Police were dispatched to the home, and found Lane clinging to life “with a traumatic eye avulsion.” The statement notes Lane was flown to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he died two days later.

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“A joint homicide investigation by Montgomery County Detectives and Lansdale Police found that Lonnberg-Lane had attacked his father with a butter knife,” the statement alleges.

Preston Lonnberg-Lane
Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

Preston Lonnberg-Lane

An autopsy revealed Lane died from a “hyperextensive brain hemorrhage” and that his death was a homicide.

There was additional evidence to suggest Lane had been strangled.

A motive has not been disclosed.

“This father was asleep in his bedroom and was savagely attacked by his son,” Steele alleged. “Now the man is dead and a son is behind bars.”

Lonnberg-Lane has yet to enter pleas to the weapons and first- and third-degree murder charges filed against him.

He is being held without bail.

Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Lane will return to court for his arraignment on April 9.

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