October 24, 2014
REDDING, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California man convicted of hacking two people to death with an ax has been committed to a state mental hospital for a maximum of 50 years.
The Record Searchlight of Redding reports that a Shasta County Superior Court judge heard from family members of 37-year-old Thomas McDonald's victims before issuing his order on Monday.
Authorities say McDonald, of Mountain Gate, went on a rampage in February 2012, stabbing two men with a fork before randomly attacking and killing 54-year-old Karl Bradshaw and 84-year-old Ralph Torborg with a long ax used to split logs.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder as part of a plea deal that stated he was legally insane during the killings.
Torborg's son, Michael, said McDonald deserved the death penalty.
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