SHEBOYGAN FALLS — Two teenage boys accused of killing a 78-year-old Sheboygan Falls woman are now charged with first-degree intentional homicide. They are 13-year-old Antonio Barbeau and 13-year-old Nathan Paape. Both are being tried as adults.
The 78-year-old victim in this case, now identified as Barbara Olson, was Barbeau’s great-grandmother. She was found on the floor her garage shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th.
The criminal complaint against the boys says on Monday, Paape’s mother took the two to Olson’s home on Westridge Dr. The boys apparently intended to kill and rob Barbeau’s great-grandmother.
When they entered the house through an unlocked door, the complaint says Olson saw the boys and threatened to call Barbeau’s mother. The complaint says Barbeau then took out a hatchet and struck Olson with the blunt edge of the hatchet. The complaint indicates Paape then struck Olson twice with a hammer. And lastly, Barbeau then allegedly turned the hatchet around and struck the victim with the sharp edge of the hatchet.
“Mr. Barbeau hit her with the blade end of the hatchet and struck her with such force that it stuck in her skull and required the two of them to pull it out,” said Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco.
According to the complaint, the boys were then unable to load Olson’s body into the trunk of her car. So prosecutors say they simply left her in the garage and stole her car.
The complaint says the boys then drove to a Sheboygan bowling alley, parked and walked to get a pizza.
Prosecutors say the boys then bought cleaning wipes, tried to clean up the car, and left jewelry in the back seat. With the keys in the car, prosecutors say the boys were hoping someone would steal the vehicle and then be blamed for the murder.
The complaint indicates the boys then walked to their homes.
Barbeau was a juvenile runaway and later turned himself in. Paape was questioned at his home and taken into custody.
The judge hearing the case set bond for each of the boys at $1 million.
District Attorney DeCecco told reporters he’s never attempt to prosecute subjects so young.
The Department of Justice is assisting with the investigation.
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