|Nathan Paape and Antonio Barbeau|
Two boys killed a 78-year-old woman in order to steal her jewelry and car.
The two 13-year-old boys, Nathan Paape and Antonio Barbeau, were ordered held in Wisconsin on $1 million bond last week, after being accused of using an ax and a hammer, to kill the grandmother of one boy while stealing jewelry and a car.
Prosecutors allege that the boys, both charged as adults, went to the home of 78-year-old Barbara J. Olson last week, with the intent to rob and kill her. Officials said her body was found in the garage in a pool of blood two days later by her daughter.
The boys appeared in Sheboygan County Court Friday, where they are accused of being a party to the crime of first-degree intentional homicide.
According to a criminal complaint, the teens told investigators that after fatally beating Olson at her home in Sheboygan Falls, about 50 miles north of Milwaukee, they grabbed jewelry before stealing her car and driving to get pizza.
George Limbeck said that the boys had a "good relationship" with Olson.
"That relationship will come into play in the judicial process in the future," he said, declining to elaborate but added that the entire family is distraught.
Limbeck said he will try to have his case heard in juvenile court. A conviction in adult court carries a
maximum penalty of life imprisonment, but if the boys were sentenced as juveniles, they could only be incarcerated until they turn 25.
Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said he would oppose moving the case to juvenile court, arguing that the severity of the actions of the children required them to be tried as adults.
"Look at their actions as alleged in their statements. They planned this," DeCecco said. "If they just wanted to steal, why not wait until she was not at home, rather than kill her first?" He said.