Life in prison for son who murdered his father

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Kenneth Alleman Midgley II, 30, of Plano, was sentenced to life in prison for Murder, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.  "This sentence ensures that the victim's family and our community will forever be safe from this violent man," added Willis. 

On April 13, 2017, Midgley murdered his father in their family home in Plano, Texas. Midgley then placed his father's body in a large freezer and fled to Mexico. The family did not learn of the murder until April 15, 2017, when the victim failed to pick up his wife and daughter from the airport. After the victim failed to show, the mother called Midgley. He told her she could not speak to the victim because "he was not alive." The Plano Police Department responded to the home and found the victim inside the freezer. Midgley spent ten days in Mexico before turning himself in to authorities.

Midgley pled guilty to murder in January 2019 and a punishment hearing was scheduled for Feb. 18.  At the punishment hearing, prosecutors presented evidence showing Midgley's planning of the murder, lack of remorse and his danger to society. Family members testified that they feared for their safety and the safety of the community if Midgley was released.

Detective (retired) Scott Epperson, Detective Aaron Benzick, Officer Scott Kermes, and Criminalist Susan Hassan of the Plano Police Department testified regarding the investigation and evidence collection. Judge Ray Wheless presided over the case and assessed punishment at life in prison.

Assistant District Attorneys Marisa Dunagan and Cynthia Walker prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Stephanie Strickland and Victim Assistance Coordinators Susanne Riggs and Casey Hendrix.