SEATTLE - A man who strangled his grandparents with a shoelace hours after they threw him a party to welcome him home from prison went on a profanity-laced tirade during his sentencing.
Michael Chadd Boysen, 27, lashed out in court as his family members read their statements during his sentencing for two counts of aggravated murder Friday morning. His outbursts came as his aunt, Suzanne Taylor Campbell, described how he had manipulated her family and caused devastation. During her statement, Boysen interrupted her three times, swearing in anger.
"He will appeal this because he would rather be in prison than in jail," Campbell told a King County judge. "F**k you!" was the response. Boysen's outburst came as his mother's sister described him as a manipulative, drugging, lying young man who had caused untold suffering. "I think he is doing this for himself," said Campbell. Boysen leaped from his seat and blurted, "F**k you. This is bulls**t. Because I try to do the right thing." The "right thing" was Boysen's decision to enter an Alford plea -- not admitting guilt but conceding that a jury would likely convict him of murder. But his aunt's testimony seemed to touch a nerve. "F**k you," he said again, as Campbell walked past him to her seat.
Boysen’s grandparents, 82-year-old Robert R. Taylor and 80-year-old Norma J. Taylor, were found dead March 9 at their Renton home. Prosecutors believe Boysen plotted the murders from prison, but during a lengthy statement read during the two-hour sentencing, Boysen claimed the murders were not premeditated, said his name had been slandered and blamed his suffering on others, including the police, his lawyers and the media. He said he was “disgusted” that his family was influenced by the media and hoped that someday they could forgive him and that he could forgive himself.
He ended his statement with an apology that may have seemed hollow to his family. “I have remorse and I am sorry, whether my family chooses to believe it or not. I hope today, by speaking, they can get some of their angst and anger out at me. I hope it made them feel better. I’m sure they probably feel I’ll have anything that I have coming to me in prison for the rest of my life. I’m sure they feel I deserve to be strapped down to a board. They’ll say, ‘He’s just a murderer,’” said Boysen.
Boysen was arrested three days after the bodies of his grandparents were discovered following a manhunt and dramatic standoff at a Lincoln City, Ore., motel. Prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty after consulting with the victims' family.
Boysen’s attorney argued that Boysen was mentally ill and should be sentenced to just 40 years in prison. The judge rejected the argument and sentenced Boysen to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.