APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The father accused of killing his two young children back in 2020 was found guilty in Outagamie County Court on Tuesday afternoon and will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
38-year-old Matthew Beyer was found guilty on both counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide and will not have the opportunity for extended supervision.
Outagamie County judge Mark McGinnis said that in his 17-year career as a judge, he’s never sentenced a defendant to life in prison without the possibility of parole until now.
“I’m convinced that you are a ruthless killer without any remorse without any sympathy or feelings of hurt or shame,” said McGinnis.
He also mentioned how Beyer had lied to law enforcement throughout the investigation.
McGinnis gave Beyer an opportunity to answer some questions ahead of sentencing. Beyer declined to comment instead adding a few basic questions through his attorneys.
Through his attorneys, Beyer said he hoped McGinnis would grant him parole after 30 years in prison saying this would incentive good behavior in jail.
McGinnis also listened to three victim impact statements ahead of the sentencing. The victims mother, step father and step grandfather all spoke.
“Your honor he took away everything that a mother dreams of from seeing them walk and talk to them going through high school and going to their first dance,” said the victims’ mother. “We aren’t going to see them grow up to see what they’ve become or what they were going to do.”
Beyer didn’t turn around to face the people as they gave their statements.
In an unusual move, the sentencing came about 30 minutes after the jury found Beyer guilty.
“I fully agree with his decision these were horrific homicides, I think the community needs to be protected and this was an appropriate sentence for him as well,” said District Attorney Melinda Tempelis.
Beyer killed 5-year-old William Beyer and 3-year-old Danielle Beyer in their Kaukauna home back in February 2020. He stabbed them in the necks while they were in their beds.
Authorities say they responded to a call in the 1200 block of Crooks Avenue just after 7:00 a.m. on that day in February and reportedly found the children dead with intentionally inflicted injuries.
Beyer was arrested in June 2020 in connection with the death of the two children.
Beyer lived in Manitowoc at the time and told officers he had not been to the Kaukauna home that night and stated that he had stayed home all night except for taking one trip to the local Kwik Trip.
However, a traffic camera video showed Beyer leaving his Manitowoc residence at around 2:30 a.m. and then returning at around 4:30 a.m. that same morning.
In June 2020, Beyer and another inmate allegedly made an attempt to escape the Outagamie County Jail.
“Nothing, not even him being found guilty, will change how that hole in my heart is,” said the victims’ mother.