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UPDATE: Chase Boruch sentenced to life without parole


MERRILL (WAOW) --  25-year old Chase Boruch will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"I order you to serve a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. Ever," Judge Glenn Hartley told Boruch on Monday afternoon.

This verdict came despite a plea of mercy from Boruch's sister, Jamie Pergolski.

"Chase, I can understand why you would do this. I love you and I forgive you," Pergolski told her brother over the phone.

Boruch also spoke to the judge, offering his own explanation for what happened.  

"At some point I lost touch with responsibility. Responsibility I should have shown for the humanity and the community," Boruch said.

Boruch was convicted of killing his mother, Sally Pergolski, in May of 2010 and then making it look like an accident.  During the sentencing, Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy, told the court that Boruch's crime was aggressive and calculated.

"I was very clear to me that Mr. Boruch knew what he was doing, thought about it for a long time and took the careful steps to make sure he profited from her death.

But the defense attorney tried to paint a different picture.  He told the court Boruch was intelligent, and would benefit from therapy.

"He is suffering from a lot of underlying issues, mostly emotional issues," Defense Attorney John Voorhees said after the hearing.

But the judge didn't agree.  "I never saw one tear, one act of remorse."

Boruch's attorney said they plan to appeal. But for now, Boruch is headed to prison for the rest of his life.


MERRILL (WAOW) -- A Lincoln County judge has sentenced Chase Boruch to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his mother.

The sentence came down late Monday afternoon.

A jury found Boruch guilty of murder in November. The case dates back to June 2010. At that time, Boruch called 911 to say his mother, Sally Pergolski, had crashed their truck into a lake. But prosecutors ended up charging Boruch with murder, arguing he staged the accident to claim insurance money.

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