Daniel Petric, 'Halo 3' Killer, Gets 23 Years to Life for Murder
Daniel Petric, the Ohio teenager who shot both his parents, killing his mother, was handed a sentence of 23 years to life in prison today by Judge James Burge.
Daniel's father, Mark Petric, a minister, wanted his son to get a lesser sentence, so he could get a second chance at life.
Petric was convicted in 2007 of shooting his parents with his father's gun after they confiscated his copy of the video game Halo 3. He then shot both of his parents in the head before attempting suicide, placing the gun in Mark's hand. Attorney James Kersey, who defended Daniel Petric, claimed that Daniel had "a video game addiction" and so should get a lesser sentence.
His father, Mark, a minister at New Life Assembly of God in Wellington, put the game in a lockbox in a closet where he also kept a 9mm handgun, according to prosecutors.
About a month later, on Oct. 20, 2007, Daniel used his father's key to open the lockbox and remove the gun and the game. The boy shot his parents, killing his mother and gravely wounding his father. As his father lay wounded, Daniel tried to place the gun in his father's hand.
Daniel Petric, 17, who could have gotten life without parole, shook his head slightly, sniffled and held back tears but sat down without saying a word when given the chance by Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge.