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DARLINGTON, Wis. - A
judge sentenced the man accused of a triple murder on a Wiota farm last April
to spend the rest of his life in a mental institution.
Jaren Kuester, 31, of
Waukesha, pleaded guilty in December to killing three rural Wiota residents.
Judge William Foust found Kuester not guilty by reason of mental disease or
defect Friday. Foust said there would be no conditions for Kuester's release,
and that Kuester would spend the rest of his life in an institution.
Gary Thoreson, 70, his
wife, 66-year-old Chloe Thoreson, and brother, 76-year-old Dean Thoreson were
murdered at the couple's farmhouse on Philippine Road. Police said Kuester beat
the Thoresons to death with a fireplace poker.
children read emotional statements in court Friday.
pleaded guilty in June, then withdrew his plea moments later after speaking
briefly with his attorney. Kuester's attorney, Guy Taylor, has argued
Kuester is competent but delusional about the day of the killing.
Kuester was deemed
competent to stand trial in court Dec. 4.
Prosecutors had said
Kuester drove from Waukesha to Green County April 26, abandoned his SUV,
stripped off his clothes and ran through the woods. He emerged from the
woods in Lafayette County where he broke into the Thoresons' home.
Saturday, February 1 2014, 03:16 PM CST
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