May 21, 2024

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Breanne Pennington was discovered lifeless in her dwelling by police Sunday morning. They’re trying to find her husband, Aaron Pennington, who is taken into account to be “armed and harmful.”

The house at 42 Cherry St. in Gardner, Massachusetts, the place Breanne and Aaron Pennington lived. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe

Breanne Pennington, the 30-year-old Gardner mom who police discovered lifeless in her dwelling Sunday morning, was planning on leaving her husband and taking her youngsters together with her, in line with court docket paperwork. 

Her dying, which the Worcester County District Lawyer’s Workplace is now calling a murder, was brought on by a gunshot wound to the face, court docket paperwork say. 

Police have been trying to find 33-year-old Aaron Pennington in connection together with her dying since they found her physique within the Penningtons’ Cherry Avenue dwelling. He ought to be thought of “armed and harmful,” and anybody who sees him ought to contact police, Worcester County District Lawyer Joseph Early Jr. stated Sunday. 

To date, court docket paperwork present that Aaron Pennington is dealing with one cost – carrying a firearm and not using a license – which was filed Monday. However the prison grievance towards him reveals a lot in regards to the state of affairs main as much as police discovering his spouse’s physique. 

What court docket paperwork say in regards to the case

Simply earlier than 9:15 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor of the Penningtons referred to as 911 after the Penningtons’ 4 youngsters came to visit to her home, court docket paperwork say. The kids have been “scared as a result of they might not discover their father and their mom was in her bed room crying.” 

First responders bought to the house simply earlier than 9:20 a.m. and located Breanne Pennington mendacity in a mattress in an upstairs bed room “with apparent indicators of dying from an obvious gunshot wound to the face,” court docket paperwork say. Gardner cops didn’t discover anybody else in the home. 

By way of interviews, investigators realized that “Breanne Pennington and Aaron Pennington had been coping with marital points for fairly a while. Breanne Pennington had plans of transferring to Texas with the children to be away from Aaron Pennington. Aaron Pennington suffered from psychological well being points and had threatened suicide,” court docket paperwork say. 

Investigators additionally realized that Breanne Pennington saved a gun at her dwelling for defense, and that her husband didn’t have a license to hold a firearm in Massachusetts, in line with court docket paperwork. 

Safety digicam footage and a canvass of the neighborhood indicated that Aaron Pennington left his dwelling in his 2013 white BMW 320 round 8:50 a.m. Sunday, court docket paperwork say. The kids went over to the neighbor’s home at 9:07 a.m. 

Investigators later obtained a search warrant and have been capable of search the house. Inside, they didn’t discover a gun, however did discover three spent shell casings within the bed room, in line with court docket paperwork. 

What’s subsequent

The Penningtons’ youngsters, ages 2, 5, 7, and 9, at the moment are within the custody of the state Division of Youngsters and Households. 

Police are nonetheless trying to find Aaron Pennington for questioning about his spouse’s dying, and there’s a warrant out for his arrest on the firearms cost. On Sunday, District Lawyer Early stated Pennington was each an individual of curiosity and a suspect within the case. 

Pennington is described as a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes. He’s roughly 6-foot-2 and 175 kilos. 

Authorities assume Pennington should be driving his white BMW and might be utilizing one in every of three totally different license plates. These plates are a Massachusetts veteran’s license plate that reads 8A30, a Texas plate that reads DTZ3103, or a California plate that reads 6CWN728. 

Gardner resident Aaron Pennington, 33, is needed for questioning in reference to the dying of his spouse. He’s believed to be driving a white BMW. – Worcester County District Lawyer’s Workplace

Anybody who sees Pennington or has details about the case is requested to name state police at 508-829-8326.