MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Neenah teen accused of strangling his father and leaving the body in the trunk of a car.
Prosecutors say Zachary B. Reid was 16 when he scuffled with his father over being grounded. According to the criminal complaint, Reid suffocated 53-year-old Brett Reid in their home in October 2008.
The teen had said the chokehold was in self-defense after his drunken father came at him with knives.
A jury convicted Reid, who’s now 20. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.
He appealed, saying his lawyer was ineffective for failing to uncover that Reid was on drugs and alcohol at the time of the killing.
An appeals court rejected his claims Wednesday.