Lancaster County man sentenced to life in prison for rape, murder of 12-year-old

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. – A Columbia man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and killing 12-year-old Elaina Smith and raping a second victim in February of 2023. According to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, Jason Shackleford, 40, from the 500 block of Avenue H, admitted guilt on charges of first-degree murder, rape of a child, two counts of rape, three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, four counts of sexual assault and strangulation.

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