MONTROSE, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A Susquehanna County woman will spend decades in prison for killing her former boyfriend two years ago.

Cassandra Mercincavage of Thompson was sentenced Wednesday afternoon at the county courthouse in Montrose.

Mercincavage stayed silent as she was hauled off to prison in handcuffs.

She’ll spend between 20 and 40 years in state prison for shooting Robert Hubal at least three times, killing him, inside his Thompson Township home in October 2017.

“It was brutal. The callousness of it and then leaving the body there for several days, four or five days and going back into the home multiple times while the body is laying there,” Susquehanna County District Attorney Marion O’Malley said.

Family and friends of the victim took the witness stand to describe the father, uncle and friend who was lost.

Mercincavage apologized in court but prosecutors didn’t buy it.

“One of the family members got up and said she could cry at the drop of a hat so today when she turned to those family members and was talking and crying it didn’t feel believable to me,” O’Malley said.

After the sentencing, Mercincavage’s attorney declined to comment but in the courtroom he talked about his client’s difficult upbringing, saying she had been in-and-out of mental health facilities and was using drugs. He called this crime a “sudden impulse” saying the two had been arguing and their relationship was going downhill.

Mercincavage pleaded guilty to third degree murder last year.

The victim’s family agreed to that which spared a difficult trial.

“When you go to trial there is no certainty about what the outcome is going to be. You’re right, it could have been a first degree conviction but it could have ended up as a voluntary manslaughter,” O’Malley said.

The victim, Robert Hubal, was a well-known dairy farmer in Susquehanna County.