(As originally published with video and additional photos, Wed, January 31st 2024)
McLEAN, Va. (TND) — A woman who killed her mother and her sister has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for those crimes, plus an additional six years in prison.
Megan Hargan shot her mother Pamela, and sister Helen, at the home outside Washington, D.C., where they were all living, back in 2017.
Then, after the killings, “Hargan staged the house as a murder-suicide and claimed that younger sister Helen had killed their mom before killing herself,” the Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney reported.
That’s exactly what police believed when they put out a news release the next day, saying, “23-year-old Helen Lorena Hargan shot her mother, 63-year-old Pamela Denise Hansen Hargan, and then shot herself.”
It reportedly took more than a year to unravel the truth, and Megan Hargan “was arrested in November 2018 after being indicted by a grand jury,” prosecutors said.
Authorities said the motivation was a financial dispute; specifically, that her mother wasn’t helping her buy a house in West Virginia, “but was at the same time helping her sister Helen to buy a house.”
Megan was more than 10 years older than Helen.
The closing on Megan Hargan’s house was “the day before the killings.”
Megan tried to transfer $400,000 from her mom’s bank account to pay for her new house, but “the transaction was flagged as fraud.”
So, “The next day, Megan shot her mother before attempting to make the same wire transfer again from her mother’s account.
“She then shot her sister Helen, who was upstairs at the time.”
The .22 rifle she used belonged to her husband.
Hargan was first convicted in November 2022, but that “was vacated due to juror misconduct.”
She was convicted again in September 2023 on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony.
The extra six years in prison she was sentenced to on Friday was for the two weapons charges.