Oxford Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2018 Murder

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WEST CHESTER, PA — Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft sentenced 48-year-old Daniel Proffitt of Oxford, Pennsylvania to life in prison for the murder of 64-year-old Anna Johnson in 2018 inside the East Nottingham Township home they shared, announced the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. A jury found the defendant guilty but mentally ill of first-degree murder and strangulation in July 2021.

According to statements made in open court, on December 29, 2018, Oxford Police and Pennsylvania State Police responded to the report of an unresponsive female in the bathroom of a home on Brick Road. When officers arrived, the defendant was outside the residence and claimed that the victim had attacked him with a butcher knife, so he killed her in self-defense.

The investigators determined that the defendant and the victim had argued earlier in the day. After leaving the house, the defendant returned and broke into the bathroom while the victim was undressed and getting ready for a bath. The defendant grabbed the victim’s throat and strangled her to death.

The investigation revealed that the two had multiple arguments, which made the victim fearful of the defendant. Police recovered a text message the victim sent to a friend before her death that stated, “If something happens to me, Danny Profitt did it.” She was killed hours later.

“Anna Johnson feared for her life, something she unwittingly warned a friend about shortly before she was murdered. Last year a jury held the defendant accountable for his brutal crime, and now with this sentence, he will never live a free life again,” said Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan. “Anna Johnson’s family and friends finally have justice.”

Ryan commended Chester County Detectives, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Oxford Police for the investigation which led to the successful prosecution of Proffitt. Chief Deputy District Attorney Michelle Frei prosecuted the case on behalf of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

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