CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — The man convicted of fatally stabbing an Eau Claire teenager and dumping his body by the Chippewa River will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

Shane Hawkins was sentenced in Chippewa County Circuit Court Thursday. Judge Roderick Cameron imposed the mandatory life in prison and then set parole eligibility.

The 31-year-old Hawkins was convicted in January of killing 17-year-old Jason Grau. The teen was asleep at Hawkins’ house in February 2010 when he was stabbed in the neck and back.

Many in the crowded courtroom wore T-shirts in remembrance of Grau. His mother, Jennifer Grau, told the judge that her son’s murder was a “senseless act by a person with no soul.”

The Chippewa Herald says when Hawkins was given a chance to speak, he rambled a long prayer.

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Comments (3)
  1. lib says:

    this man will only be 51 when he gets out, plelnty young to murder again.

  2. Dave Seavy says:

    I don’t understand why a sentence of life is even on the books in states that allow for parole eligibility. In Iowa, for example, a life sentence means just that. There is no parole on a life sentence. Minnesota – 30 years and you’re eligible, except sex offenders; for them life is life. If the law is going to provide for a life sentence, then allow for parole eligibility, it seems to water down the penalty. Of course eligibility doesn’t guarantee parole, so maybe it’s just a ploy to keep lifers in line for frear of being turned down. It just doesn’t make much sense.

  3. Keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    He won’t see daylight for 30 years minimum……despite the ruling…….and in 30 years he will be 61 but minus time served to date, so 60……and then be on supervised parole for a long time……….just another loser sent to St Cloud to start the life of really becoming a true criminal