An 18-year-old youth convicted of killing his mother, father, brother and sister with an ax was sentenced Monday to four life terms.
The sentences - three consecutive and one concurrent - mean David Brom will serve at least 52 1/2 years in prison.Olmsted County District Judge Ancy Morse, who had tears in her eyes after passing sentence, said she had to follow sentencing guidelines even though Brom family members had asked that he be given four concurrent terms, which would have meant he could be paroled after serving 17 1/2 years.
Morse reiterated her hope that the case would trigger broader changes in Minnesota's law regarding use of the insanity defense.
Brom is to be incarcerated at a state prison, most likely in St. Cloud, his defense attorney, Terry Walters said. His case automatically will be appealed within 90 days.
Walters said the community was split over its feelings about the Rochester youth.
"There is a real revenge element out there," he said. "I've also had some very positive and supportive things said to me by members of the community."
A jury Sunday found Brom was sane when he murdered his family in the middle of the night in February 1988. Brom was 16 at the time.