James Krauseneck was found guilty of murdering his wife with an ax 40 years ago.
A 70-year-old man from upstate New York was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his wife with an ax 40 years ago.
The district attorney for Monroe County said James Krauseneck received the maximum sentence for murdering his wife, Cathleen, while she was sleeping at their Brighton home on February 19, 1982.
“We don’t give up on victims here at the MCDA offices. Even 40 years after the crime, District Attorney Sandra Doorley tweeted, “We will do everything in our power to get justice.”
In September, a jury said that Krauseneck killed Cathleen by hitting her in the head with an axe.
Sara, who was only 3 years old at the time, found her mother’s body.
Democrats & Chronicle said that during her sentencing on Monday, Sara said it was “absolutely unthinkable” that she could kill her mother in such a brutal manner.
Robert Schlosser, Cathleen’s father, is 95 years old. He believes his ex-daughter-in-law is guilty and even says that he brainwashed Sara.
Schlosser told the court: “Jim, I hope you live to be 100 and enjoy your new home.”
13 WHAM says that before he was sentenced, James spoke to the court and said, “I didn’t kill Cathy.”
“I love Cathy with every fiber of my being. Why would someone kill such a beautiful person? That question keeps popping up in my head.”
The murders were not solved until 2015, when prosecutors, the Brighton Police Department, FBI, Monroe County Crime Lab, and Dr. Michael Baden teamed up to investigate further.
Judge Charles Schiano said he had not lost sleep over the verdict and that the images of Cathleen’s murder were “heinous, brutal and unimaginable.”
Attorney James Krauseneck said they planned to appeal.