Court to decide Monday if Schaffhausen will be eligible for release


Aaron Schaffhausen will be sentenced Monday for the murders of his three daughters in their River Falls, Wisc., home last July.

As KSTP reports, he'll receive life in prison but -- depending on the sentence -- he may eventually be eligible for release.

Under the minimum sentence Schaffhausen could get out of prison after 20 years. The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports prosecutors argued last week for a sentence under which he could not be released.

The Leader-Telegram says comments from several people are expected Monday before Judge Howard Cameron hands down the sentence. The paper spoke with the parents of Jessica Schaffhausen, who said they will not attend the sentencing and are instead focusing on plans for a tribute to their granddaughters.

WCCO reports Jessica Schaffhausen is working on raising $500,000 to build the Tri-Angels Playground in River Falls in honor of the girls, who were 11, 8, and 5 when they were killed.

Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty to the murders. A jury rejected his argument that he was not responsible for the crime because of mental illness.

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