Life insurance claim behind a murder in New York

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A man in the state has admitted to killing his son in order to collect on the $700,000 policy.

A man in upstate New York has now admitted that he deliberately killed his son in a scheme to be able to allow him to collect on a life insurance policy that would pay him $700,000.

The man quite suddenly admitted that he crushed his son under a truck in order to receive the payout.

The guilty plea came from Karl Karlsen in a second degree murder case. It was put forth quite unexpectedly on the day before the scheduled date of his trial, according to Barry Porsch, a Seneca County District Attorney. Karlsen, 53 years old, had been charged with life insurance fraud and murder in a case relating to the death of his 23 year old son, Levi.

Life Insurance fraudProsecutors had stated that Karlsen murdered his son in 2008 in order to collect his life insurance.

The situation put forward by the prosecutors was the Karlsen shifted a truck off its jacks as his son was working beneath it inside one of the family’s barns. The family property is located 40 miles southwest of Syracuse in a place called Romulus.

Karlsen faces sentencing on December 16, but its details have not yet been released. Porsch said that the process first involves obtaining greater details regarding the plea itself. At the time of the writing of this article, Lawrence Kasperek, Karlsen’s lawyer in this life insurance fraud case, had not initially returned a call requesting comment.

The handwritten will from Levi Karlsen left everything to Karl, including his life insurance policy benefits. According to authorities, the will had been notarized on November 20, 2008, only days before the murder took place. Following the death of his son, Karlsen informed the sheriff’s deputies that he had come home after attending a funeral and discovered that the truck had come off a jack and had trapped his son underneath.

When the life insurance policy was discovered last year by authorities, Karlsen was arrested. During an interrogation process of nearly 10 hours in length, Karlsen gave the investigators differing accounts regarding the death of his son.

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