Antonio Barbeau, 14: Life in Prison for Killing Great Grandmother

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 13, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Antonio Barbeau was sentenced Monday to life in prison for killing his 78-year-old great grandmother with a hatchet in Sheboygan, Wis. His family has defended him, hoping the 14-year-old would get a second chance at life. He will not be eligible for parole until he is 50.

He cried when sentenced on Monday. He and his friend, Nathan Paape, allegedly killed Barbara Olson and stole some of her belongings. Paape has pleaded not guilty, but the court must yet decide in his case. Barbeau said when he testified against Paape, shown in a video posted by TMJ 4 News on YouTube, the plan the boys had was to scare Olson to get money and attack “to kill” if necessary. 

Prosecutor Joe Dececco said in video posted on the Sheboygan Press website: “Just after they did it, they went out to buy pizza.”

He said a permanent brain injury of Barbeau’s does not excuse the act.

‘I feel bad for the family. I know they love him. But this type of crime cannot go unanswered and be explained away by brain trauma,’ Dececco said, according to the Daily Mail.

Barbeau’s grandmother, the daughter of the victim, Judy Offut, read a statement at the sentencing, according to the Sheboygan Press: “My mom was not a vindictive person. She would want [Antonio] to have a chance to be a better person, to have hope, to have something to work towards.”

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.