Man convicted of strangling pharmacist, girlfriend challenges amount of restitution

A man convicted of strangling a pharmacist and his girlfriend in northeast Pennsylvania is challenging the amount of restitution he has been ordered to pay.

Forty-one-year-old Hugo Selenski was ordered to pay more than $198,000 in restitution and prosecution costs following his conviction in Luzerne County Court.

Selenski, who was sentenced to life in prison, filed a motion Monday calling the costs "speculative, excessive (and) disproportionate." Defense attorney Edward Rymsza is seeking a hearing in which prosecutors would have to "prove the amount" of the costs.

Selenski was convicted in February of having killed Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett in 2002 as part of a robbery plot. Their bodies were among at least five sets of remains found in Selenski's yard north of Wilkes-Barre in 2003.