HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered a man convicted of killing his three daughters to pay more than $25,000 in restitution and court costs.
St. Croix County Circuit Judge Howard Cameron ruled Friday that Aaron Schaffhausen must pay more than $14,000 in restitution to Jessica Peterson. The money would compensate her for an emergency room visit the day of the killings, counseling and lost wages, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/1aQ5eVp ).
The judge also ordered him to pay over $10,000 for witness costs.
Schaffhausen is serving three life sentences for killing his three girls — Amara, 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia, 5 — at their home in River Falls in western Wisconsin in July 2012, in what prosecutors said was an effort to get revenge against his ex-wife. The defense claimed insanity during his trial. A jury found last May that he had a mental defect but still understood he was doing something wrong when he slashed his girls' throats, then tucked their bodies into bed.
Schaffhausen is not currently working in prison, and prosecutor Gary Freyberg said it remains to be seen if Schaffhausen will ever pay the money in full.
Schaffhausen, who was shackled and wearing orange jail garb, did not speak during the hearing. Peterson did not attend.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com