Killer sentenced after 'obesity' defense

Dec. 17, 2009 at 8:59 PM

RAMSEY, N.J., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Florida man was convicted Thursday of murdering his former son-in-law, who was in a child-custody dispute with the killer's daughter, authorities said.

Edward Ates, 64, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 murder in New Jersey of Paul Duncsak, 40. Dunscsak was found shot to death in his home in Ramsey, The (Bergen County, N.J.) Record reported.

The trial garnered national attention when Ates claimed he was too obese, with attendant health problems, to have planned and carried out the killing, the newspaper said.

But investigators say Ates did computer research on guns and silencers, and visited a Web site called "How to commit the perfect murder," the Record reported.

County Prosecutor Wayne Mello called for the maximum sentence from Judge Harry C. Carrol.

"Suffice it to say that this was, simply put, an assassination, an execution," Mello said. "He took the life of his grandchildren's father, and now he must forfeit his."

Judge Carrol, in imposing the life sentence, termed the murder "cold and calculated."

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