Bio: Monegar, Russell (Life Sentence - 1956)


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Surnames: Monegar, Long Kohlbeck, Garvin, Graunke


----Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 06/14/1956


Russell Monegar, convicted of the fatal stabbing of four members of his family, was sentenced Monday to life imprisonment by Circuit Judge Gerald Boileau.


Boileau turned down defense pleas for a new trial and commitment of the 38-year-old Indian to a mental hospital.


The first degree murder conviction carried a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment in Waupun State Prison.


Monegar has confessed killing his wife, Ophelia, 33; mother-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Long, 56; niece Irish Kohlbeck, 5 months, and nephew, Philip Garvin, Jr., 8.  Walter Graunke, defense attorney, based his case on a claim that Mondegar had been under the influence of peyote, a drug, and was not responsible for the actions.



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