Hudson, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A former Wisconsin man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for murdering his three young daughters last summer.
Judge Howard Cameron levied the maximum sentence against Aaron Schaffhausen in St. Croix County Court Monday afternoon. Schaffhausen will serve three consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole.
The defendant sat silently during the proceedings, looking drawn and detached.
Schaffhausen had pleaded guilty in the deaths of the girls, but claimed he was insane at the time of the killings. A jury disagreed during his trial in April, finding that the 35 year old was sane when he slit the throats of 11 year old Amara, 8 year old Sophie, and 5 year old Cecilia inside their home in River Falls, WI.
During victim impact statements that proceeded Monday's sentencing, the sister of the girls' mother repeatedly called Aaron Schaffhausen "evil and a coward" and said he betrayed his daughters instead of protecting them from evil.
The girls' grandfather Phillip Stotz also told the judge that his family's safety would be in jeopardy in Aaron Schaffhausen were allowed the chance of parole.
Schaffhausen's mother Sue Allen addressed her son directly, telling him that his daughters did love him and that they would urge treatment and not punishment for the killings. She also told him that his life has purpose and that he should ask for forgiveness and also forgive those who failed to love him and help him when it could have made a difference.
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