Prosecution Wants Life in Prison for Aaron Schaffhausen

Created: 07/10/2013 1:12 PM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

Aaron Schaffhausen
Aaron Schaffhausen
Photo: Photo: St. Croix County Sheriff's Office

Prosecutors say Aaron Schaffhausen, the man who murdered his three daughters a year ago, should be sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of release, according to the Leader-Telegram.

Schaffhausen, 35, of Minot, N.D., pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide and attempted arson. A jury ruled he was mentally ill, but that didn't prevent him from conforming his conduct to law.
 
Schaffhausen is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, July 15. The minimum sentence is life in prison with the eligibility of release after 20 years.

Assistant Attorney General Gary Freyberg, and St. Croix County Assistant District Attorney Amber Hahn, who prosecuted the case, filed a court brief Tuesday, July 9, recommending the maximum penalty, as well as $26,079 in restitution for the victims and an additional $11,263 for witness expenses, the Leader-Telegram reported.

"Here, the defendant murdered three young children, his own children, in cold blood without even a pretense of justification or excuse," the brief said. "The gravity of these crimes is off the scale.

"In this case, the defendant's decision that making (ex-wife) Jessica Schaffhausen suffer was worth strangling and cutting the throats of his own unsuspecting children, is a choice that must be considered the most savage, calculating, and selfish decision a parent can make," and "this defendant is beyond rehabilitation, because his values are beyond redemption," the brief said.

The pre-sentence investigation report also recommends consecutive life sentences without he possibility of extended supervision.

He killed daughters, Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5, at the River Falls home the girls shared with their mother.