News channels are full of all sorts of crime stories including cold-blooded murders, robberies, gang fights and the occasional petty thefts. Convicts or criminals usually commit these aforementioned crimes out of anger or need. However, the worst crimes are those committed by people we never thought capable of it. Say, a husband killing his wife, a father torturing his son or a grandchild murdering his grandmother.
Antonio Barbeau, a 14-year-old teenager, was sentenced to life in prison for beating up and murdering his 78-year-old grandmother with a hatchet and a hammer. Antonio had help from his friend Nathan Paape, who was also involved in the brutal beating and death of the poor old lady. What’s worse is this: you won’t believe why they killed her.
Antonio and Nathan needed some cash to run some teenager errands. They decided to call Barbara Olson, the victim and grandmother, and ask her for the money. Barbara invited his grandchild to her house, where she planned to give him the money he asked for, a kind act from a kind grandmother. At her house, Barbara turned her back to the boys to use the phone and call Antonio’s mother to let her know he had visited. While she called, Antonio slammed the hatchet against Barbara’s head knocking her out. He immediately went to the bathroom to throw up. When he finally emerged, Nathan was finishing the job, brutally clubbing the old woman with the hatchet. Antonio then grabbed the hatchet and delivered the killing blow that took her life away.
Antonio’s attorney tried to prove his client had some kind of mental disorder, but this was not enough to pull the judge from declaring a life sentence as punishment. “In my 24 years on the bench, I’ve not seen anything of this nature. Not even close,” said the judge during his ruling. As for Antonio, his life is over; he will be eligible for parole when he turns 50, 36 years from now. If you ask me, he deserves it.