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Eric Koula given two life terms plus six years for killing parents


LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - A La Crosse County man convicted of killing his parents for their money will spend the rest of his life in prison.

42-year-old Eric Koula of West Salem was given two life terms plus 6 years behind bars Wednesday, after he was convicted in late June on two counts of homicide plus one count of forgery.

Circuit Judge Scott Horne refused to allow a supervised release at some point in the future.

A jury convicted Koula in late June in the 2010 shooting deaths of Dennis and Merna Koula at their home in the La Crosse County town of Barre. He was also found guilty of forging a $50,000 check from his parents’ investment account.

According to authorities, Eric was a struggling day-trader who shot his mother at her home computer, and then waited for his father to walk in the room before shooting him.

During his trial, Koula admitted planting false evidence to throw the police off. But he denied shooting his parents – and he maintained his innocence at Wednesday morning’s sentencing hearing. Koula said he would keep fighting for his freedom because, “The person who did this is still out there.”

Koula went into stock-trading after his parents sold their La Crosse area car dealership, and he lost thousands of dollars his parents gave him from that sale.