A life sentence was handed down this month to a 21-year-old man from Mequon, who killed his parents last April. People in the community were shocked by the wrongful deaths of his 45-year-old father and 39-year-old mother, both immigrants from the Ukraine. The defendant was also born in the Ukraine and came to the U.S. with his parents when he was young.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the man pleaded guilty to the crime and must serve at least 55 years in prison before being eligible to be considered for supervised release.
Both of his parents were found dead in the garage of their home. Police went to the residence after the mother's failure to show up for her shift at the retirement home where she worked.
The defendant had allegedly argued with his father over the refusal to give him $5 for gas. He then shot his father, and subsequently shot his mother when she came home. He had been diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia several months before the shootings. He placed both the dead bodies in the garage after shooting them in the home.
Prosecutors claimed that the man stayed in the home for approximately two days after the homicides, and engaged in activities such as dismantling office furniture, doing home cleaning, throwing away clothes from the residence, and arranging to purchase a ticket to the Ukraine. They believe that he was planning to leave the country and that only his arrest stopped him from doing so.
The prosecutor says that the man failed to show any remorse for shooting his parents, and instead seems glad about what he did, the Sentinel reports.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mequon man gets life sentence for killing parents," Bruce Vielmetti, March 2, 2012