Pasztor admits to killing neighbor, called a ‘monster’


Amber Pasztor, the Fort Wayne mother convicted of fatally smothering her two young children, admitted to killing her neighbor as well.

Pasztor pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder in the September 2016 shooting death of her former neighbor, 66-year-old Frank Macomber. She was quickly sentenced to the maximum 65 years by an Allen Superior Court judge.

The 30-year-old Pasztor gunned down Macomber then stole his car before she abducted her children from their custodial grandparents’ home, which prompted a statewide Amber Alert. She was found later parked outside the Elkhart Police Department, the bodies of 7-year-old Lilliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor smothered to death in the backseat.

In a jailhouse interview with NewsChannel 15 in the days that followed, Pasztor admitted to killing her children and Macomber.

She would eventually pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two murder counts in Elkhart County, and was sentenced to 130 years. The 65 years she received Monday will be added to that total.

In court Monday, Macomber’s son and daughter both spoke. The son referred to Pasztor as a “monster” and said his father was nothing but compassionate toward her. His daughter said Pasztor abused her father’s kindness.

Pasztor apologized to the children, but said they shouldn’t judge her.

“I’m very sorry,” Pasztor said in court Monday. “I’ve lived a rough life. Don’t judge a book by its cover. I just want to say, it takes two people. I’m sorry for taking their father. They don’t know what was in my mind at the moment.”

Pasztor is being treated for bipolar disorder.

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