Thursday, May 1, 2014

Judith Hawkey, Murder-Coaching Mom – Ohio, 2003

FULL TEXT: Defiance, Ohio – Defiance County Judge Joseph Schmenk handed down the highest sentence possible in the case of Judith Hawkey, life without the possibility or parole.

On November 3, 2003, Hawkey's step-son, Corey Breninger shot and killed his father Robert Breninger at his Mark Center, Ohio, home. At the time, it was ruled an accident.

The son revealed years later to a teacher after Hawkey had collected hundreds of thousands in life insurance from Robert. He said Hawkey had manipulated him to pull the trigger, and then lie about what happened.

Corey, now 20, addressed Hawkey in court.

"The pain you have put me through should send you straight to hell," said Corey Breninger.

During sentencing, the judge took long pauses trying to find the right words, calling the case unique to him.

He made scathing remarks describing Hawkey, including manipulative, and "evil beyond description."

Hawkey, who court witnesses said showed no remorse for her actions, denies her guilt.

Hawkey said, "He [Corey] shot his father purposely, and made up this whole story."

Evidence convinced the jury that she was entirely to blame.

After the sentencing, Corey spoke with reporters about the his feelings saying, "Relief. I feel like she got what she deserved. I was ready to get it off my chest. I was bearing that burden for so many years."

Corey says now he can get on with his life.

"[I can] stop living in the shadows. I don't have to worry about anything now. My biggest fear... she's gone," said Breninger.

Corey plans to use his difficult experience to help others, who may have endured similar abuses.

[Chris Delcamp, "Woman who manipulated 10-year-old to kill his father gets life without parole," Dec. 19, 2013]





For similar cases, see Murder-Coaching Moms


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