Family of slain Wis. farmers says closure elusive

CREATED Jan. 31, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 31, 2014

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DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- A man whose parents and uncle were beaten to death in a western Wisconsin farmhouse last year says he's haunted by their deaths, and he's not sure the killer's lifetime commitment in a mental hospital will bring the family closure.
   
Gary, Chloe and Dean Thoreson were killed in April. Jaren Kuester of Waukesha pleaded guilty to the deaths, and is expected to be sentenced Friday to life in a mental institution.
   
Bryan Thoreson tells the Wisconsin State Journal the loss of his parents and uncle leaves an emptiness that won't go away.
   
The victims' relatives say they're doing their best to hold on to the good memories, but it's hard when photographs and mementoes just remind them of what they lost.
 
"I think the hospital is the best place for him. He didn't belong in prison. This is the best place for him," Kathy Kuester told TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke.
 
"The [mental health] system failed him, and because of that, three people lost their lives and Jaren lost his."