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Man gets life sentence for murdering his grandparents

Posted at 2:46 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-29 12:33:17-04

He is a man charged with beating and stabbing his grandparents to death.

Friday, Kyle Drattlo's family told the judge he killed the two people who loved him the most.

Now, almost four years after they died, Kyle Drattlo has been formally sentenced to life in prison without parole. He plead guilty last month but was officially sentenced Friday.

Drattlo would not look at his family while they spoke of the two lives they loved and he stole away.

Glenda Kim said her parents loved Kyle Drattlo and showed it right up to the moment he killed them.

"Kyle once told me that mother was his best friend. He could talk to her about anything. When there was no money for food mother always made biscuits and gravy. On the kitchen cupboard was a bowl of flour with mother's hand print. On the day of her death she was trying to get the car out of the shop to go pick up Kyle.  I'm sure she was starting to make biscuits to make sure he had food."

 83 year old Mary Fulgham had sixteen stab wounds. 

 87 year old Erskine Fulgham had 33 stab wounds and 14 broken ribs.

 

 The only sentence the law allows for Drattlo is life in prison, with no chance of release.

Until he pleaded guilty, Drattlo had been holding out for a trial.  Court records suggest he was planning an insanity defense.   

Two accomplices pleaded guilty two years ago.

Christopher Terry pleaded guilty to murder and other charges.  He's serving life without parole.

Brianna Harding pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy.  She is serving life with a chance of parole after 25 years.

Drattlo's sentence means he will die in prison 

While one of Mary and Erskine Fulgham children said she felt Kyle Drattlo had become a disciple for the Devil, another said the couple loved Drattlo so much she thinks Mary and Erskine Fulgham will be hoping to see Kyle Drattlo cross into heaven.