Teen sentenced to life in prison for killing his great-grandmother


by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- 14-year-old Antonio Barbeau is sentenced to life in prison for killing his great-grandmother 78-year-old Barbara Olsen. Barbeau's friend Nathan Paape was convicted of murder for helping in this attack earlier this year. Barbeau will be eligible for parole in 36 years, he'll be 50 years old.

During Paape's trial Barbeau told the court how two 13-year-old boys killed a 78-year-old woman. Barbeau told the court he used the hatchet, while Paape used the hammer in their attack on Olsen. Barbeau says he was the first one to hit his great-grandmother in the back of the head, and then Paape joined in.

During his testimony, Barbeau said they each struck Olsen three to four times during their attack. He also told the court they tried to put his great-grandmother's body in a car truck, but were able to. Barbeau confessed to leaving Olsen's body in the garage, and covering it up with a blanket.
Barbeau's accomplice, Paape wrote a note to investigators that read, "He killed his grandma, and I was with him."
Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner Dr. Doug Kelley says Barbara Olsen suffered more than 18 strikes to the head. "In examining the head, I felt there were at least 18 different injuries or blow," he said, "11 of these have some evidence of blunt force and most of them also have evidence of blunt force."


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