A mandatory life sentence, plus other prison terms, is the punishment for a Sparta man convicted of a deadly ax attack.
A Monroe County judge has ordered Thomas Aspseter to life in prison without early release for the 2021 death of his 87-year-old step-grandfather.
Bernard Waite was killed, and two other people were injured, when Aspseter struck them with an ax in a surprise attack at his grandmother’s home.
At sentencing on Wednesday, Judge Todd Ziegler called Aspseter selfish and remorseless.
It happened a few days after Waite told Aspseter to move out of the house.
Aspseter was also sentenced to two consecutive prison terms of 40 years each, to follow the life sentence, and two shorter prison terms for lesser charges.
A Monroe County jury convicted Aspseter at a trial last summer.
Aspseter was given credit for 577 days spent behind bars since the attack.