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Schaffhausen sentenced to life behind bars with no parole


St. Croix County (WQOW)- The man who murdered his three girls will never get out of prison.

Aaron Schaffhausen was sentenced to life in prison.  We knew that was going to happen, but what was still up in the air was whether he would ever be eligible for parole.  The judge said no.  Schaffhausen killed his daughters, 11-year-old Amara, eight-year-old Sophie and five-year-old Cecilia in their home in River Falls last July.  On Monday, family members spoke in court before the judge made his decision.

"He had just as many chances as anyone else to succeed in life and chose not to," says Phillip Stotz, the father of Aaron's ex-wife Jessica.  "I feel that Aaron needs to be kept in a place where he can never hurt or threaten anyone else ever again."

"Aaron should rot in hell of this world and eternity with his hatred, evilness and cowardly ways.  Let the darkness of his actions haunt him forever," points out Mary Elizabeth Stotz, Jessica's sister.  "Aaron is not mentally ill, just an extremely evil coward."

"He's not a coward.  He deserves wherever you send him, he deserves to go for life.  I will say that.  Send him for life," screams Patricia Fix, Aaron's aunt.  "But stop saying he's a coward.  He's not a coward.  He does have a mental illness.  I know he has a mental illness."

"You are a good man who did a horrible thing for whatever reasons," replies Susan Allen Schaffhausen, Aaron's mother.  "You have a good heart.  You have many talents and your life, though now on a different course than you or any of us would have wanted, your life continues to have meaning and purpose."

"Our society wants to pull back the curtain on mental illness and it wants to remove the stigma and that's a lie," remarks Fix.

"The sentence is life in prison without extended supervision.  In reviewing everything, I don't see mental illness as a mitigating factor and I can't find any other mitigating factors on your behalf Mr. Schaffhausen," explains Judge Howard Cameron.  "I've looked and thought about it, but I can't do it."

Schaffhausen's first stop will be the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun.

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