Jeffrey Vogelsberg's wife has been arrested for helping him hide the body of his half-brother Matthew Graville:
Shannon L. Remus, 26, an Army private and military police officer, was charged in a criminal complaint Wednesday with being a party to hiding a corpse. The Dane County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that detectives on Tuesday traveled to Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., where Remus is stationed, and arrested her.
Vogelsberg pleaded not guilty to first degree murder yesterday:
A criminal complaint alleges that Vogelsberg, who moved to the state of Washington in July, beat Graville on June 30, ordered that his body be put into a freezer, and then helped bury him five days later. Robert McCumber, 29, who owns the house where Vogelsberg and Graville were living, also is charged with hiding a corpse.
Vogelsberg's mother Laura Robar will spend a year in jail for stealing Matthew's identity to use his food stamp benefits:
On Monday, the judge said that the serious nature of Robar's offense goes past just using the Quest card to purchase groceries.
"I believe that you knew Matthew was gone and he was not coming back," Judge Genovese said during the sentencing. "That is, for me, an aggravating factor. It does play into your character."
She also said Robar should have reported Graville's death.
Speaking to the court, Graville's mother, Vicki Graville, said her son was "taken from me by people who claim to care and love.
"I feel that Laura needs to pay and do the things that she has coming, because she was aware of what she'd done," Graville said. "She was fully aware, and yet she did nothing."
Brent Mack, a 27-year-old autistic man from Perth, Australia, has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for killing his mother, Ah Bee Mack. Her body has never been found. Brent claims she killed herself, and he hid the body because he promised to keep the suicide a secret.
Justice John McKechnie found Mack had killed his mother to benefit financially from the lucrative real estate assets she had inherited only months before her death from her late husband.
After his mother's death, Mack moved almost immediately to start siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars out of her accounts.
Mack kept his head bowed and eyes closed through his sentencing in the Supreme Court of WA on Friday.
Psychological and psychiatric assessments of Mack had ruled out his autism as a factor in the murder.
"Your autism does not explain your crime let alone excuse it," Justice McKechnie said.
But he did find Mack had lived a solitary and sombre life due to his condition, that he had been the target of abuse from his elderly father and incapable of forming relationships.
"You are a very damaged young man," Justice McKechnie said.
Yesterday, Patricia Corby pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for drowning her four-year-old autistic son Daniel. She was crying so hard that it was hard for her to speak to enter the plea.
She killed Daniel last March, apparently because of his autism:
District Attorney's Office Investigator Walter Escobar testified that Corby told him her son—diagnosed with a high likelihood for autism—had made strides in his battle with the developmental disorder but not enough to satisfy her.
Corby, who cared for her son at home, felt she had no time to do anything, Escobar testified.
“She felt like her whole existence was dedicated to her child,” Escobar testified. “She felt like she had no life. She wanted Daniel to be normal.”
Escobar testified that Corby told him that after she killed her son, she tried to drown herself but couldn't, realized what she did wrong and drove to the police substation four miles away to turn herself in.
A police officer tried to resuscitate the child, but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
The victim's father, who was at work at the time of his son's death, testified that he and his wife amassed $70,000 in debt getting their son numerous types of treatment.
Corby faces a mandatory sentence of at least 15 years. She will be sentenced on January 28.
Somes McFarland will serve at least 13 years of the life sentence he has been given for killing his friend Peter Oates.
The judge found that McFarland's Asperger's syndrome should not prevent him from being held fully responsible for his crime. McFarland agreed:
His counsel, Simon Laws QC, told the judge on Friday that McFarland had been reluctant to deny the charge of murder.
"He expressed the view that he should be convicted of what he had done and would not be happy with a verdict of manslaughter by diminished responsibility," he said.
"But he accepted the advice of his lawyers and the report by a consultant forensic psychiatrist."
Mr Justice Burnett said that McFarland had been drinking at a family party. He then visited Mr Oates' room where they were drinking, watching television and playing music.
In the early hours he attacked his friend, grabbing him forcefully around the neck and jumping up and down on his chest and inflicting brain damage.
Mr Justice Burnett said he was satisfied that McFarland had not intended to kill Mr Oates, but that his intention was to cause him really serious harm.
The killing was not premeditated, his autism was a feature in his life and he was of previous good character.
Services were held yesterday for Dylan Hockley, a six-year-old autistic boy who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School the previous Friday:
In front of the packed church here, Ian and Nicole Hockley, the parents of Dylan and Jake, offered a message of hope.
Like other children on the autism spectrum, Dylan, whom they called, “D,” liked to flap his arms. When his mother asked him one day why he flapped his arms, she said, she was amazed when, despite his language struggles, he responded: “Because I am a beautiful butterfly.”
Ms. Hockley noted the oft-repeated saying that the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings could create a hurricane half a world away. “Imagine,” she said, “what 26 can do.”
The family has started a fund to benefit children with autism and special needs.