ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — An Ashland teenager has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the death of his great-uncle in 2013.
Fifteen-year-old Joseph Ackley was sentenced Thursday by Ashland County Circuit Court Judge Robert Eaton, who said he was unconvinced the teen was remorseful.
According to a criminal complaint, Ackley admitted to shooting and stabbing 52-year-old William Saari in December 2013 — the day before Ackley’s 14th birthday. According to the complaint, Ackley also attempted to kill Saari’s wife and shot at a police officer.
Ackley was charged as an adult and pleaded no contest to first-degree intentional homicide.
He can apply for parole in 40 years.
The Saaris were Ackley’s legal guardians and spent more than a decade raising him.
Ackley’s attorney had no comment on the sentence.