Man sentenced for killing wife, son in home invasion
A man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for killing his wife, his son and their dog.
The sentencing hearing at the State House ended in a mistrial after prosecutors failed to convince a judge that a mistrials court was proper, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office said.
The Associated Press does not typically identify defendants in pretrial proceedings, but the sentencing hearing in this case was referred to as “the jury trial.”
The judge ordered the men to serve at least 15 years, the spokesman said.
A jury convicted the men of murder, assault, burglary, attempted robbery and animal cruelty.
The judge imposed a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years.
They were convicted of the aggravated assault of the wife, who was pregnant at the time.
They also were convicted for the dog, a white lab mix, that was strangled, and for the home invasion.
The attack was caught on surveillance cameras and audio recordings.
Prosecutors argued that the men broke into the home while the dog was asleep and shot the dog’s owner, who had his wife’s phone in her hand, in the face, breaking a tooth.
The woman was also shot in the hand.
The men were also convicted of stealing money from the victim, who is in her 20s, and of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors also argued that a jury could have acquitted them if they had shown that the dog had been killed with the help of a gun, and that the dogs owner, a man in his 60s, did not have a gun.
The state attorney General’s office disputed those claims.