Former child piano prodigy Garrick Harold Olsen has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for beating his former roommate to death.
The ruling was released Wednesday by Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Wagner. The 27-year-old will serve his sentence in Wisconsin state prison, followed by eight years of supervised release, according to Law & Crime.
Court records show Olsen killed 34-year-old Michael Sieg in March 2020.
In July, Olsen pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide and use of a dangerous weapon.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in the spring of 2020 that officers responded to a 911 call at 8:13 a.m. on March 26 of that year regarding an injured man at a home on North Buffum Street in Harambee.
Police found a man in the back of the house on the ground with signs of major head trauma.
When the police knocked on the door of the house, Olsen, then 24, opened it. His shoes and socks were stained with blood. He told police he spilled pasta sauce on himself while cooking the night before.
When asked about the man on the ground, Olsen suggested he had overdosed. But when officers entered the residence, they found bloodstains in other areas and it looked like someone had tried to clean it up.
Speaking to investigators, Olsen’s girlfriend said he called her around 1 a.m., saying he beat Mr Sieg to death. She revealed a photo to authorities, showing Mr Sieg’s body as well as a text message from Olsen saying he ‘stopped this guy’. The Sentinel reported.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy, finding Mr Sieg died of blunt force trauma to his head, chest, stomach and back, in addition to multiple cuts to his liver.
Police discovered that Olsen and Mr. Sieg had been roommates at the residence and that Olsen had beaten Mr. Sieg after an evening of heavy drinking.
Initially, Olsen was charged with reckless first-degree homicide, which was downgraded following an agreement between Olsen’s attorney and prosecutors.
According The Sentinel, Olsen was listed as being 6’5′ (196 cm) and 270 pounds (122 kg). According to Mr Sieg’s aunt, her nephew weighed 160 pounds when he died.
Olsen pleaded guilty earlier this year to two more crimes following an altercation in July last year while being held in the Milwaukee County Jail.
A criminal complaint says Olsen ‘attacked another man in a cell after he shared only one of two sodas with Olsen,’ according to The Sentinel.
The man, who was 5’7′ (170cm) tall and weighed 130 pounds (59kg), was sent to hospital with several broken ribs and a swollen eye.
Records show Judge Wagner sentenced Olsen to an additional four years for strangulation by suffocation and assault by a prisoner, Law & Crime reported.
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