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Convicted killer won't receive death benefits

Posted May 6, 2008

— A Chapel Hill man who pleaded guilty to killing his mother and father won't receive any money or other death benefits from his parents' estate.

Adam Sapikowski, 19, was sentenced in February to up to 50 years in prison for second-degree murder in the May 2005 shooting deaths of James and Alison Sapikowski.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens made the ruling Monday at the request of Dean Powell, the executor of the Sapikowskis' estate.

Sapikowski's attorney, Johnny Gaskins, argued his client should be entitled because his client was insane at the time of his parents' deaths.

State law generally prohibits convicted murderers from collecting death benefits, but Gaskin said it excludes killers who are insane at the time.


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  • CarolinaGirl25 May 6, 2008

    He doesn't deserve any kind of benefit. Insane or not he killed his parents! All he deserves is a lifetime in prison.

  • parr4246 May 6, 2008

    He deserves nothing but a lifetime in prison............!!!

  • garnertoy May 6, 2008

    you think

  • HappyGirl08 May 6, 2008

    Well I should hope he would not.