Barberton man sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing his mother

AKRON, Ohio - A Barberton man has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his 67-year-old mother last year.

Michael Petrie, 33, of Barberton, was arrested and charged with killing Maureen Petrie after family members found her body in her home in 2013.

Prosecutors said Michael Petrie struck his mother in the left side of the head with the butt of a sai, a martial arts weapon, and stabbed her in the face and heart in October 2012. 

The body was not discovered until April 2013 and Petrie lived in the home for most of that time.

Petrie pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the crime and went to trial. The jury found him legally sane and guilty of aggravated murder, murder and abuse of a corpse.


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