A Beavercreek man charged in his father’s death was convicted on two counts of murder in Greene County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
Judge Stephen Wolaver sentenced Pardeep Saini, 33, to 18 years to life in prison on the charges.
Saini declined to give a statement in court.
Felony murder carries a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, and the second murder charge adds an additional mandatory minimum of three years to Saini’s sentence.
“Simply because someone is severely mentally ill, in this case paranoid schizophrenic, does not in and of itself mean that they are not guilty by reason of insanity,” Greene County Prosecutor Stephen Haller said.
During the short hearing, the state asked the judge to add $130.53 to the court costs to cover expenses associated with extraditing Saini from West Virginia to Ohio.
The defense asked the judge if Saini could be sent to back to Twin Valley — mental health facility. The judge returned Saini to the custody of Greene County jail after the hearing until unanswered questions, such as whether the facility had the capacity to take him back, were answered.
Defense attorney Christopher Beck declined to comment, but confirmed there are plans to appeal the verdict.
The defense attorneys and prosecutors stipulated Saini murderedhis father inside the home they shared in Beavercreek on Jan. 9 2012.
During the trial, forensic psychologists testified Saini had been diagnosed with schizophrenia after his arrest and had experienced delusions, hallucinations and paranoia before he shooting his father, 66-year-old Onkar Saini, five times.
After the shooting, Saini fled to West Virginia where police found him at a religious shrine. He was taken into custody the next day.
“Given his actions before during and after the murder, the state was of the opinion, and we had a witness that confirmed that opinion, that he was in fact sane at the time of the offense,” said Cheri Stout, a county assistant prosecutor, in an interview. “He was capable of holding jobs. He was capable of buying the firearm that he used to kill his father. He was capable of packing a bag and fleeing the scene to West Virginia … These were all rational steps that the state was of the opinion made him sane versus insane at the time of the offense. “
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Read more about Saini’s apprehension in West Virginia, his fight against extradition to Ohio, his forced medication in custody and his trial on MyDaytonDailyNews.com.