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Life sentence for O'Kroley, parole chance in forty years

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County judge Friday sentenced Christopher O'Kroley to life in prison for the killing of his former co-worker Caroline Nosal, with O'Kroley's first possibility for parole in forty years.

Judge William Hanrahan also sentenced the 26-year old O'Kroley to five, additional years in prison for the reckless endangerment of Madison Police officer Michele Walker.  O'Kroley fired gunshots at Walker before O'Kroley was captured in an area outside East Towne Mall.

Assistant District Attorney Andrea Raymond detailed how O'Kroley meticulously and calculatingly planned out Nosal's February killing, after Nosal's notification to grocery store supervisors of O'Kroley's disturbing behavior led to his firing.  O'Kroley shot Nosal three times outside Madison Metro Market as she left work after using ruses with co-workers to learn her shift hours.

O'Kroley did not address the court.  O'Kroley's attorney, Adam Welch says O'Kroley's struggles as a child with mental health problems were compounded by his mother thwarting his treatment with medication, and his issues continued into adulthood.  Welch says O'Kroley identified Nosal as his only friend and could not explain his murderous actions.

But Raymond says O'Kroley preyed on women and showed little remorse for Nosal, who ultimately rebuffed O'Kroley's advances for a romantic relationship.  Raymond says O'Kroley's writings discovered in a jail cell showed he fantasized over plans of creating a "harem" of women, with intentions to urge them to have sex with him.

Hanrahan says O'Kroley's actions were still being felt.  "You have undoubtedly caused an immeasurable amount of pain here .  You've directly affected so many lives in such a way, and I can't escape the belief that they're going to carry it around for the rest of their lives,"  Hanrahan said.

"There can be no justice,"  Nosal's father, Jim Nosal told the court.

After Friday's hearing, Jim Nosal told 27 News he was satisfied with O'Kroley's sentence, but warned others may suffer like his daughter unless there's learning from the m issed opportunities to stop O'Kroley before Caroline Nosal's killing.  O'Kroley bought the handgun-murder weapon one day before he fatally shot Nosal.  Wisconsin previously required a 48-hour waiting period before a handgun purchase.

'I'm officiating a wedding ceremony tomorrow, and I'm sorry to tell the people you have to wait six days before you can get your marriage certificate,"  said Hanrahan,  contrasting the requirement with current gun law.

"Everyone I've talked to about this case, they all feel Chris O'Kroley should not have had access to a gun,"  Jim Nosal says.  "Everyone."  O'Kroley had a previous suicide attempt.

Supporters of the state's lack of a two day waiting period say background checks to qualify buyers take less than two days, and there's insufficient research to support the need for a cool-down period.

O'Kroley's sentence also incorporates the sexual assault of another former co-worker.  Although not convicted of the act, a plea agreement between prosecutors and O'Kroley allowed the information to be read into the record and considered by Hanrahan.

Walker was too emotional to deliver a statement to the court.  Raymond read the statement, detailing how Walker being forced into exchanging gunfire with O'Kroley led to an emotional roller coaster and being regarded differently even by police colleagues.  "I am changed," the statement said.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- A judge has sentenced Christopher O'Kroley to life in prison for the murder of Caroline Nosal.

The judge gave O'Kroley the chance of parole in 40 years.

27 News' Tony Galli was in the courtroom and will have you covered tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The man convicted in a Madison homicide case learns his sentence this afternoon.

Christopher O'Kroley was convicted of first degree intentional homicide and first degree recklessly endangering safety in the February death of Caroline Nosal. O'Kroley pleaded guilty to both charges in July.

Police say O'Kroley shot and killed Nosal as she left her job at the Metro Market on Cottage Grove Road. O'Kroley had been fired from the store the day before the homicide.

Sentencing was set for 2 p.m. Friday, but was slightly delayed due to an earlier hearing.

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