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Brothers Given Additional 210 Years in Stabbing, Beating Deaths

March 15, 1985

CHICAGO (AP) _ A judge says he added 210 years imprisonment to the death sentences of two brothers convicted of murdering a husband and wife to ensure that the killers ″never ... ever re-enter the community.″

Reginald Mahaffey, 25, and Jerry Mahaffey, 29, were convicted of murdering Jo Ellen Pueschel, 30, and her husband, Dean, 26. The brothers also were convicted of raping Mrs. Pueschel and attempting to murder her 12-year-old son. All three were stabbed and beaten.

The son identified the Mahaffeys in court as the men who attacked the family.

″I’m not the wisest, most experienced judge on the bench,″ Circuit Judge Thomas A. Hett said at the sentencing Thursday, ″but in all my experiences I’ve never come across a case in which the facts were so brutal, so heinous, so wanton. Nothing matches it in cold, calculating terror.″

He said he added prison sentences to the capital punishment so the prisoners ″never, ever, ever, ever, ever re-enter the community″ if an appeals court vacates the executions, set for June 14.

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