Teen convicted of shooting principle won’t get new trialA judge says Eric Hainstock does not deserve a new trial for the murder of his high school principal in Cazenovia.
A judge says Eric Hainstock does not deserve a new trial for the murder of his high school principal in Cazenovia.
Defense attorney Paul Bonnesen said Hainstock was not competent when he waived his rights and the incriminating statements he gave probably ruled out a conviction on a lesser charge.
But Sauk County Circuit Judge Patrick Taggart said the jury had plenty of physical evidence to convict Hainstock of first-degree intentional homicide, even without those statements.
Hainstock was 15 when he walked into Weston High School in Cazenovia in September of 2006 and shot Principal John Klang.
He’s serving life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 30 years.
Bonnesen would not say if he’ll take his case to the state appeals court.