RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Reno man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his elderly mother.
Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks says 57-year-old Edward Pundyk was convicted of and sentenced for first-degree murder with use of a deadly weapon for killing Delphina Medeiros in October 2015 in Stead. Pundyk had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The prison term comes with a possibility of parole after 29 years served.
Reno Police were called to Pundyk's Stead home October 7, 2015, told that shots had been fired. Neighbors told police Pundyk was armed with an AK47-style weapon and had been acting erratically throughout the day. As officers surrounded the house, Pundyk fired a 12-gauge shotgun toward them, hitting a neighbor’s house. As SWAT officers approached the house, they found the victim dead in the front yard.
Detectives found the remains of at least four cats that appeared to have been shot to death. Members of the RPD Crisis Negotiation Team and Special Weapons and Tactics team worked with Pundyk to get him to surrender.
Detectives determined after a brief argument, Pundyk had shot at his mother five times with an AK47, hitting her at least once. Pundyk also shot at least one of the cats with an AR15. More than 50 cats were found to be living in the home.
At sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Amos Stege argued the unpredictable nature of Pundyk's actions, his few social ties, the use of an AK47, and the nature and extent of the victim’s injuries warranted a high sentence.