Jury Decides Schaffhausen Is Going To Prison

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 6:06 am

After several weeks of trial, a Wisconsin jury has decided the man who killed his three daughters should spend the rest of his life in prison.

Nine months ago, Aaron Schaffhausen murdered his three young daughters in their mother’s River Falls home, and now a jury found that he did have a mental defect, but that the defect was not to blame for the triple murder.

Schaffhausen, who admitted to killing the girls, will likely be sentenced to life in prison.

“The brutal nature of this case will stick with me forever,” prosecutor Gary Freyberg told the Associated Press afterward. “I feel very happy that the jury saw the truth of this case.”

The 35-year-old Schaffhausen slit the throats of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia in a move aimed at getting revenge on his ex-wife Jessica Schaffhausen.

Tuesday, a St. Croix County jury ruled that he had a mental defect but he knew what he was doing when he killed the girls.

“He was guilty and he was sane,” Freyberg said.

The defense is believed to be planning an appeal.

Now, instead of spending his future in a mental health facility, Schaffhausen will head to prison.

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