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Warminster man pleads no contest to third-degree murder in hit-and-run death of wife


A Warminster man who was intoxicated when he pushed his wife out of his moving truck and then fled the scene of the 2017 assault in Falls Township pleaded no contest to third-degree murder Thursday and was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in state prison, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office said.

Andrew Lawrence Ryan, 34, was already serving seven to 20 years in state prison after pleading no contest in September 2018 to aggravated assault and related charges in the case. At the time, his wife, Robin Ryan, was alive but unresponsive from the severe injuries she suffered in the July 24, 2017 hit-and-run on Lincoln Highway in Falls Township. The young mother died in April 2019 and her husband was charged with third-degree murder months later.

On Thursday, Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Brian T. McGuffin sentenced Andrew Ryan to 10 to 30 years in state prison to run concurrently to his previous sentence. McGuffin saidhe had never seen such “cold-hearted indifference to someone you say you cared about and loved.”

Robin Ryan had a 1-year-old daughter who has since been adopted, according to Martha McMillan, Ryan’s aunt, who served as her legal guardian.

Andrew Ryan is currently serving his sentence at SCI-Forest in Marienville, Forest County.

Witnesses said Robin Ryan appeared to fly backward from the cab of the Ford F-250 as if she had been pushed and landed head-first on the pavement along the 100 block of Lincoln Highway in Falls Township. The truck was hauling a landscaping trailer that ran over her as Andrew Ryan sped away. State police stopped the truck less than 10 minutes later.

According to a criminal complaint, Ryan told police he and his wife had been “bickering” about finances prior to the incident, and said their disagreement escalated once they entered his truck. He said he fled the scene after his wife fell from the vehicle because he was “drunk,” having consumed beer and tequila immediately prior to the incident.