Man gets life in hammer deaths of octogenarian parents

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 1, 2015 at 7:21 p.m.


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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A 54-year-old suburban Detroit man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his 87-year-old father and 85-year-old mother to death with hammers.

Oakland County Circuit Judge Colleen O'Brien told Jeffrey Maurer on Tuesday that his actions were "reprehensible and a shock to the community."

Maurer declined to speak on his behalf. He has a history of mental illness and substance abuse.

A jury found him guilty in July of first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of William and Gayle Maurer.

Their bodies were found Jan. 19 in a vehicle inside the garage of their Rochester Hills home, north of Detroit. They were bludgeoned two days earlier with two hammers and a heavy tea kettle.

Jeffrey Maurer lived with his parents. Prosecutors have said he wanted their money.

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