Woman, 70, sentenced for fatally stabbing man with sword-cane at Montgomery County bar

A 70-year-old woman will spend decades behind bars after she was convicted for the murder of a man stabbed during a fight outside a bar in Ardmore this past June.

Renee DiPietro was sentenced to 20–40 years in prison, the maximum sentence for a third-degree murder charge, during a hearing Monday.

Prosecutors say DiPietro stabbed 31-year-old Michael Sides with a 16-inch blade sheathed in her cane, before taking off.

The 70-year-old had inserted herself into a bar fight between Sides and her son, which then escalated into the deadly stabbing.


Woman, 70, found guilty of murder in stabbing death of man at Montgomery County bar

A 70-year-old woman has been found guilty of murder in the stabbing death of a 31-year-old man in Lower Merion.

A jury took just over five hours to return the guilty verdict this past February after watching the sequence of events on surveillance video.

DiPietro maintained she acted in self-defense as she was led away by officers following the hearing.

"It was wrong," she said. "If it was their child…if it was their child, what would they do?"