EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man accused of using a wood-splitting maul to beat his father to death has been sentenced to 58 years in a mental hospital after being found not guilty by reason of insanity.
Thirty-five-year-old James Lane of Wood River was sentenced last week in Madison County after a judge ruled Lane couldn't appreciate the criminality of his misconduct.
Lane had been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery in the October 2008 killing of 63-year-old James Lane.
Authorities say the elder Lane was killed in his rural Bethalto home after being hit on the head with the maul, which is a heavy wedge attached to a long handle. James Lane's mother also was hit by the maul but wasn't seriously injured.
Information from: The Telegraph, http://thetelegraph.com