KENOSHA, Wis. (TCD) — A judge sentenced a 27-year-old man to life in prison for killing his parents with a machete when they stepped in to try to halt an attempted sexual assault.
Kenosha County court records show Jesus Medrano III pleaded guilty in September to first-degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon and first-degree attempted sexual assault with use of a dangerous weapon. As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a second count of intentional homicide and child abuse.
Medrano was sentenced Monday, Nov. 27, to life in prison for intentional homicide and 15 years for sexual assault. He is required to register as a sex offender.
According to court documents cited by WISN-TV, in the early morning of Jan. 6, 2021, Kenosha Police responded to a home on 46th Street after receiving a call from a teen who alleged Medrano choked her. A police officer went inside the home and noticed blood on the floor and walls. The officer then found two deceased adults in a bedroom with apparent stab wounds.
Medrano was not at the residence when police arrived, but officers tracked him down to his brother’s house. He reportedly still had the machete in his hand and was subsequently arrested.
WISN reports Medrano told investigators he had sexual ideations about the 15-year-old, who also lived in the same house. On Jan. 6, he went into the girl’s bedroom with the machete and socks he planned to use if she started to scream. The teen reportedly fought back, so Medrano choked her.
Medrano’s father, Jesus Medrano Jr., ran into the room, and Medrano stabbed him. Medrano stabbed himself in the thigh, then went after his stepmother, Latrice Myers-Medrano.
According to WITI-TV, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said Medrano brought the machete “to prevent anyone from stopping his assault.”
The Kenosha News reports Medrano Jr.’s cause of death was trauma and shock from stab wounds. Myers-Medrano suffered blood loss from a stab wound that hit her femoral artery.
At his sentencing hearing, Medrano apologized and said, “I want to start off by taking full responsibility for my crimes.”
Judge Anthony Milisauskas called the case “unreal,” adding, “It’s brutal. It’s shocking. It’s grisly.”
Milisauskas said he would not consider sentencing Medrano to extended supervision because of the “need to protect the public.”
Milisauskas expressed, “The facts of this case are just terrible. The trauma had to be just unbearable and tremendous.”
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