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Man who killed mom gets 15-years in jail

SUPERIOR, Wis. --A 38-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing his mother with a hammer at a grocery store 20 years ago.

Rodger Allen Gran was a month shy of his 18th birthday when he bludgeoned to death Lynnea Gran at Les Grocery Store in Billings Park on Aug. 9, 1986, where she worked.

"I need to say I'm sorry," a choked-up Gran told Judge Michael Lucci before sentencing. "If I could go back and change this, I would."

Forensic evidence indicated the 51-year-old had been struck between 15 to 30 times in the head with a blunt object, later found to be a hammer.

The maximum time Gran could serve before being paroled was 10 years, said Gran's public defender J. Patrick O'Neill. He was sentenced under a 1986 statute that allows him to be eligible for parole after a quarter of his sentence has been served.

Douglas County District Attorney Daniel Blank had wanted the maximum penalty -- 20 years in prison.

Gran, who is married with two children, was sitting near the grocery store's front door crying when police arrived in 1986. He was judged to have a solid alibi at the time and was not charged.

Police revisited the case in 2004 and matched Gran to the crime through a forensic examination of evidence that had been stored away. He pleaded guilty in July to a felony charge of second-degree murder in a plea agreement.

Lucci considered mitigating circumstances in the sentencing, including Gran's age and the fact that he was drunk and high on LSD at the time. O'Neill also said Gran's mother had sexually abused him.

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