Antonio Barbeau gets life in prison for death of great-grandmother

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SHEBOYGAN CO. (WITI) — Antonio Barbeau, one of two teenagers accused of killing an elderly Sheboygan Falls woman, was sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole in 36 years Monday, August 12th. Barbeau pleaded no contest to first-degree intentional homicide in a Sheboygan County courtroom on June 24th. It was part of a plea deal.

Antonio Barbeau

Antonio Barbeau

Barbeau and Nathan Paape are charged with first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly bludgeoning to death 78-year-old Barbara Olson (Barbeau’s great-grandmother) at her Sheboygan Falls home in September 2012 with a hammer and hatchet.

With the plea deal, Barbeau changed his plea from not guilty by mental disease or defect to no contest. Barbeau will be eligible for parole in 36 years. He also testified in Paape’s trial.

A psychiatrist has testified Barbeau has cognitive issues stemming from him being struck by a car when he was 10 -- possibly affecting his behavior.

Antonio Barbeau

Antonio Barbeau

He could not get through his statement in court on Monday -- so his lawyer finished it for him.

"I know I don't show my emotions. I myself am not sure why, but that doesn't mean I don't...I took away someone's mother, grandma, sister, friend. I had no right to do so. Because of this one action I decided to take, I've ruined so many lives," Barbeau said.

Barbeau will be eligible for parole in 2048, when the now 14-year-old is 50.

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  • Keith Froelich

    Still,experts have PROVEN that a child’s brain cannot function as an adult in these kind of matters. They SHOULD HAVE been tried in Juvenile Court. That’s how they do things in the civilized world of Europe, etc. Of course, now we have soulless prosecutors like Curtis Hill who sent 4 completely innocent boys to prison on a whim.

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