Karl-Karlsen CCSO Reserving Photograph
San Andreas, CA – A former Murphys resident will spend the remainder of his life behind bars for deliberately trapping his spouse inside their house and setting it ablaze.
Calaveras County District Lawyer Barbara Yook shares that this morning Karl Karlsen was sentenced to life with out the opportunity of parole for the January 1, 1991 homicide of Christina Karlsen. The sentence is consecutive to the 15-years-to-life jail time he started serving in New York following his 2013 conviction in reference to the 2008 dying of his son Levi.
The DA provides that he was additionally mandated to pay restitution to his spouse’s heirs for the insurance coverage cash, different financial losses, and counseling prices.
In early January, Karlsen was extradited by deputies to Calaveras County from New York and after a virtually two-week jury trial, he was discovered responsible of first-degree homicide within the killing of Christina, who was left trapped in a rest room on the household’s residence on Pennsylvania Gulch Street whereas Karl and their three kids escaped. The jury additionally discovered that two particular circumstances alleged within the case had been true: the defendant murdered her for monetary achieve and that he was beforehand convicted of homicide.
On the time of the home fireplace, the incident was deemed unintentional even with admittedly suspicious circumstances in play such because the boarded-up rest room window and Karlsen’s obvious lack of emotion within the aftermath. He later acquired $200,000 from a life insurance coverage coverage as a consequence of her dying.
Following his son’s dying, Karlsen collected a $700,000 life insurance coverage coverage for which he was the only beneficiary. 5 years after that homicide and at some point earlier than he was set to be tried, Karlsen admitted to kicking out a jack holding up a truck that Levi was working beneath, thereby crushing him to dying, and pled responsible to second-degree murder.
Yook feedback, “We’re extraordinarily happy with the jury’s resolution on this case. The jury labored very laborious and we’re grateful for his or her time, consideration, and verdict.”
Written by Tori James
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