HUDSON, WI (WTAQ) - Aaron Schaffhausen will find out Monday afternoon if he’ll ever get a chance at freedom, after he killed his three daughters and tried to burn down their home in River Falls last July.
Prosecutors recommend three life terms for the murders with no chance for a supervised release, plus an additional 12-and-a-half years for the attempted arson.
The 35-year-old Schaffhausen failed to convince a jury that he was insane when he stabbed and slashed 11-year-old Amara, eight-year-old Sophie, and five-year-old Cecilia Schaffhausen at the home of his ex-wife.
The couple divorced six months earlier, and Aaron admitted killing the daughters to get back at his ex.
In asking for the full life sentences, prosecutors said Schaffhausen has, “a character so deeply flawed as to be without any legitimate prospect for change.”
Defense attorney John Kucinski said prosecutors failed to recognize the role of the defendant’s mental illness and, “The state still does not realize that everyone’s brain is not the same.”
The jury determined that Schaffhausen did have a mental illness – but he still knew that the murders were wrong.