- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A California woman and her biological son were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in the deaths of the son’s adoptive parents in Kansas.

Kisha Schaberg, 36, of San Diego, and her 20-year-old biological son, Anthony Bluml, were accused in the November 2013 deaths of his adoptive parents, Roger Bluml and Melissa Bluml, The Wichita Eagle reported (https://bit.ly/1TqQ52e ). Each pleaded no contest to aggravated robbery and capital murder charges avoid the death penalty.

The Blumls, who adopted Schaberg’s two sons when they were young children, were each shot in the head outside their home in rural Valley Center, a small city about 15 miles north of Wichita. Melissa Bluml, 53, died the day after she and her 48-year-old husband were found. Roger Bluml died about five weeks later.

Investigators said Anthony Bluml reunited with Schaberg in California in 2013. They returned to Kansas in the weeks before the shootings.

Court documents allege that Anthony Bluml and Schaberg planned the killings for money and because they were upset that Bluml had been kicked out of the house for using marijuana. Testimony also suggested that Schaberg felt the Blumls had been keeping her away from Anthony.

Roger Bluml’s sister-in-law, Christina Bluml, read a letter directed at her nephew and Schaberg in court, saying the family “is moving forward, despite what you did.”

“Their lives were not in vain,” she said. “You chose to murder them. You chose your path. No one did that for you. Someday you may come to understand your choices.”

Schaberg and Anthony Bluml will both serve life in prison for the capital murder conviction. They also were sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for the aggravated robbery convictions. They won’t have any parole options.

Also charged in the case are 20-year-olds Andrew Ellington and Braden Smith. Both face jury trials later this year, but Smith has negotiated a plea deal that would lessen the most severe of his charges to two counts of second-degree intentional murder in exchange for testifying against the others.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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