Life sentence, no parole for double murder in La Crosse camera shop


A Minnesota man was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the murders of a La Crosse photo shop owner and his son.

WCCO reports the judge who sentenced 40-year-old Jeffrey Lepsch said that calling his crime cold-blooded would be an understatement.

A jury convicted Lepsch this summer of killing store owner Paul Petras, 56, and his 19-year-old son, A.J., last September.

As the La Crosse Tribune reports, prosecutors said Lepsch killed the men while they were closing May's Photo on Main Street. Lepsch was also convicted of robbing the store. According to the Tribune, Sherri Petras, the widow and mother of the victims, said of Lepsch “I feel bad for his kids, but it was his decision. He shouldn’t have taken our family from us.”

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