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Accused murderer will spend life in institution; family speaks in court


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A plea deal has been reached in an Eau Claire murder case, the man charged will be committed. James Olson pleaded guilty to killing Paul Oberle, but was found not responsible because he's insane. 

In court Wednesday, Olson spoke very little, only answering the judge's questions. Police say Oberle was ambushed as he walked from his car to his home on Vine Street last summer.  Two psychologists have testified that Olson suffers from a psychotic disorder. In court on Wednesday Oberle's family spoke out, saying the family is still reeling from the tragedy.

"He and my dad were best friends. My dad cooked lunch for Paul every day of the year of his life at one o'clock. Every day they ate lunch together. Every day my dad would watch for his son to come across Vine Street, so he would come safely into his kitchen every day for lunch. And on the day that Paul didn't show up for lunch, my dad crossed the street to find Paul face up and dead, with his lunch bucket and his thermos in his hand," said Paul Oberle's sister in court.

Olson will spend the rest of his life at a mental institution. Oberle's family also released this statement to us Wednesday afternoon:

"The family of Paul Oberle wishes to thank the Eau Claire community for their love and support."

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