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Elmgreen gets maximum sentence for murdering father

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By Sandy Barnes

Evergreen resident Kenneth James Elmgreen, 54, has received the maximum sentence of 48 years in prison for killing his elderly and disabled father in July 2012.

During Elmgreen's sentencing hearing for second-degree murder on Friday, District Judge Christopher Munch also gave the defendant a concurrent six-year sentence for a related charge of attempted arson.

Elmgreen previously pleaded guilty to killing his 90-year-old father, Kenneth "Bud" Elmgreen, by smothering him with a pillow. Elmgreen had cared for his father for 12 years at the home where they both were living.

"This was a crime to a helpless 90-year-old man," said Munch.

Investigators also found evidence that Elmgreen was planning to set the home on fire, which led to the attempted arson charge. However, during Friday’s hearing, prosecuting and defense attorneys debated the possibility that Elmgreen had changed his mind about torching the home.

Elmgreen also received an 18-month sentence on a probation revocation for a fraud-by-check conviction in 2010. That sentence will run concurrently with the others, bringing his total time in the Department of Corrections to 49 1/2 years.