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Kuester committed for life to mental institution for Lafayette County murders


LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) --- A judge Friday committed 31-year-old Jaren Kuester to a mental health institution for life for Kuester's brutal killing of three senior citizens in Lafayette County.

"I lost touch with reality," Kuester told the judge, as Kuester was sentenced to the mental health commitment.

In April of last year, Kuester used a fireplace poker to stab and bludgeon to death 70-year old Gary Thoreson, his 66-year old wife Chloe, and Gary's 76-year old brother Dean, after breaking into the Thoreson couple's home.

A psychiatrist testified Kuester has a history of mental health problems, leading to paranoia and delusions, and a history of ignoring prescribed medications.

The Thoreson's couple's daughter, Krista Kreil, told the court the trauma of her parents and uncle's violent deaths continues, and affects many, including the couple's grandchildren. Kreil stared at Kuester from the witness stand, as she recited each one of the twelve stab wounds Kuester inflicted on her mother.

"You are truly evil," Kreil said.

Kreil, a former probation agent, said the killing of her parents, as with recent shootings at movie theaters and shopping malls, make a case for the commitment of more funds to institutionalize people with potentially violent, mental health problems.



LAFAYETTE COUNTY (WKOW) --- 31-year-old Jaren Kuester of Waukesha will be sentenced today in Lafayette County Court according to Madison.com.

Kuester was convicted of killing three people after he pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Madison.com reports Kuester is expected to be sentenced to a mental institution for life as part of a plea agreement.

Kuester killed Gary Thoreson, 70, Chloe Thoreson, 66, and Dean Thoreson, 76 on April 27th at the Thoreson's home in Lafayette County.

WKOW's Tony Galli will be at today's sentencing and will continue to update this story.

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