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LIfe without parole for Schaffhausen

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Jul 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

 A Wisconsin man who killed his three daughters to get back at his ex-wife has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole.

Aaron Schaffhausen was convicted in April of killing his daughters, ages 11, 8 and 5, at their home in River Falls.

HUDSON, Wisc. (AP) The 35-year-old Schaffhausen had admitted killing the girls in July 2012 to get back at his ex-wife, but argued he had a mental defect that kept him from knowing it was wrong.

Life sentences were mandatory in each girl's death, but Schaffhausen had the prospect of supervised release after at least 20 years in prison. That was rejected by St. Croix County Circuit Judge Howard Cameron.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A Wisconsin man who killed his three daughters to get back at his ex-wife will soon learn if he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.

A jury found in April that 35-year-old Aaron Schaffhausen was sane when he killed 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia at their River Falls' home. He'll be sentenced Monday in St. Croix County.

He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for each death. The judge must decide if that sentence will include the possibility of supervised release after at least 20 years, or if Schaffhausen will stay behind bars forever.

Schaffhausen admitted he killed the girls last July to get back at his ex-wife. Jurors found he had a mental defect, but knew the killings were wrong.

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