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Jury rejects Schaffhausen's insanity plea Tuesday


HUDSON, WI (WSAU) -  The man who admits killing his daughters last summer will go to prison, and not to a mental institution. A jury in St. Croix County decided Aaron Schaffhausen knew what he was doing and rejected his insanity plea.

The jury needed just over four hours Tuesday to reach that verdict. Even though the situation required only 10 of 12 jurors to rule for insanity, all 12 unanimously agreed Schaffhausen’s actions prove he knew the difference between right and wrong and was not insane when he committed the murders.
During closing arguments Tuesday morning, prosecutor Gary Freyberg argued Schaffhausen was in control of his actions, calling him a mean and callous person, and not legally insane. Defense attorney John Kucinski argued that Schaffhausen has a rare mental disorder, rooted in a deep dependency on his ex-wife.

The verdict means a likely life sentence in prison instead of spending time in a mental institution with a chance of being released someday. A presentence investigation will be conducted.

Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.