OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ernest Scherer III was sentenced to consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday for the brutal slaying of his parents in 2008.
Scherer was found guilty in March of brutally killing his parents in a bid to gain control of a more than $1 million inheritance the 32-year-old professional poker player needed to pay off a rising debt.
Ernest Scherer Jr., 60, and Charlene Abendroth, 57, were killed in their Pleasanton, Calif., home in March 2008. They had been bludgeoned with a baseball bat and had their wrists cut.
While Alameda County sheriff's investigators were never able to find a direct piece of evidence linking Scherer to the killings, they did discover numerous abnormal actions by Scherer III that prosecutor Michael Nieto said proved he was guilty.
Among that strange behavior, evidence in the case revealed, was that Scherer III, an avid cell phone user, had his phone turned off for more than 17 hours the night his parents were killed.
Nieto also presented evidence showing that someone bought, with cash, a baseball bat and Nike running shoes at an outlet store in Primm, Nev., hours before Scherer's parents were beaten.
That evidence was matched with Scherer III's credit card records, showing he was across the street from the outlet store purchasing gas and food just minutes before the bat and sneakers were purchased.
Other evidence showed that a bat was used to beat Scherer's parents and that sneaker prints found at the scene matched the same model of those purchased in Primm.
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