Hainstock Sentenced to Life in Prison

Eric Hainstock will be eligible for parole in 30 years as part of his life sentence for killing his high school principal in Sauk County.

Hainstock was convicted last night of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Weston Schools Principal John Klang.

The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence, with a judge having the option of setting parole eligibility.

Sauk County Circuit Judge Patrick Taggart urged the state Department of Corrections to place Hainstock in a juvenile detention center. But, Taggart says he had no control over where Hainstock would be placed.

The judge told Hainstock he believed he could be rehabilitated.

Hainstock's attorney urged the judge to set parole eligibility at 20 years, while a prosecutor argued for a life sentence.

Hainstock walked into school last September armed with a shotgun and a revolver. A custodian grabbed the shotgun and Klang wrestled with Hainstock in the hallway over the handgun. Klang suffered three gunshot wounds.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Should Eric Hainstock be eligible for parole after 30 years in prison for the murder of principal John Klang?


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  • by Mike Location: Eau Claire on Aug 5, 2007 at 05:25 PM
    Punishment for killing another human being needs to be life in prison without parole. Letting somebody out early is saying its ok to murder someone.. Not only that - it always gives them a chance to do it again!! And just because he is only 16yrs old doesn't make it better , by letting him out after 30yrs!
  • by Rebecca Location: Eau Claire on Aug 3, 2007 at 04:01 PM
    My only question is what did this young man prove by walking into the school with a gun and then killing the prinicipal? Now he is in prison for the next 30 years or so of his life. What a waste of a life. Nothing should ever result in the death of another human life.
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