Killer who stabbed 4 people 100 times gets life without parole
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A North Dakota man convicted of stabbing four people more than 100 times in a quadruple murder at a property management company in 2019 was sentenced Tuesday to four consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The man, Chad Isaak, 47, maintained his innocence in a nearly 90-minute sentence in Mandan District Court in North Dakota, where relatives of the four victims told of the suffering they suffered. he inflicted in a series of murders that remain unexplained.
The victims were also shot with at least eight bullets in total. Their bodies were found on April 1, 2019 at RJR Maintenance & Management in Mandan, a town of about 20,000 people across the Missouri River from Bismarck, ND.
After a three-week trial, a jury found Mr. Isaak guilty in August of the murders of Robert Fakler, 52, a part-owner of the company; employees Adam Fuehrer, 42, and William Cobb Jr., 50, and his wife, Lois Cobb, 45.
The company had operated a mobile home property in Washburn, North Dakota where Mr. Isaak lived, although no motive for the murders had been established.
“Chad Isaak, you are a monster who deserves nothing more than to spend the rest of your life rotting in jail and thinking about the wrong you have done,” said Amy Cobb, Mr. Cobb’s daughter and Ms Cobb’s stepdaughter, in a statement that was read to court.
The statement was read by Jackie Fakler, Mr. Fakler’s widow, who told Mr. Isaak that she could not forgive him and “you made me hate”.
Jamie Binstock, Mr Fakler’s daughter, also addressed Mr Isaak and said he would have to endure “lives of suffering”.
“You have lost entire lives and I hope you are having nightmares,” Ms. Binstock said. “My dad had beautiful blue eyes, and I hope they look at you in your dreams.”
Mr Isaak, a Navy veteran who worked as a chiropractor, showed little emotion as his lawyer urged the judge to consider making the life sentences concurrent instead of consecutive – and giving him the possibility of obtaining parole.
“I can honestly tell you that I am not a murderer, and that is all I have to say,” Mr. Isaak said in court.
Prosecutors said Isaak refused to cooperate with a pre-sentencing mental health assessment and that leaving open the possibility of parole would endanger the community.
“He did not show remorse,” Gabrielle Goter, an assistant to the public prosecutor, said on Tuesday. “This leads us to believe that he is capable of committing these same acts.”
Ms Goter said Mr Isaak waited for several of the victims and tried to clean up after the killings.
“There was absolutely no mercy,” Ms. Goter said. “There was no heat at the moment. It was premeditated, premeditated, and cold-blooded murder, Your Honor.
Jesse Walstad, an attorney for Mr. Isaak, on Tuesday expressed his condolences to relatives of the victims in court.
“Their trauma is heartbreaking and deep,” he said. “Without a doubt, their suffering is particularly acute at this time of year.”
But Mr. Walstad said the North Dakota Parole Board should have the final say on Mr. Isaak’s eligibility for release.
Mr Walstad also questioned Mr Isaak’s guilt, just as his client’s lawyers did in last summer’s trial, when they said investigators had not ruled out other possible suspects such as disgruntled tenants. He said “the questions remain unanswered”.
Judge David E. Reich, who also presided over Mr Isaak’s trial, said dozens of family members and friends of the victims had been “negatively affected” by the killings.
The judge said four consecutive life sentences were justified in recognition of each of the victims and drew applause after announcing his decision.
“When you talk about a just outcome and the possibility of redemption,” the judge said, “Mr. Isaak does not admit the crimes for which he was convicted and has shown no remorse in this case.
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