A couple, Steven and Mina Shulz, a beloved couple from Washington State was brutally murdered in their home and their daughter confronts their murderer.
The couple’s daughter arrived at the house to check on her parents and found signs of a break-in along with blood inside. Unable to locate either of her parents, she called 911. During the sentencing, the daughter confronted the man who killed her parents in Kitsap County Superior Court.
“Imagine your child coming to check on you and to find that kind of a scene,” Lt. Ken Dickinson said, per KCPQ-TV.
The Shulzes owned a business called East 2 West Brewing and were just three weeks shy of opening their first brewery when they were killed, according to their obituary.
Shaun D. Rose, 40, was sentenced to 66 years in prison on Wednesday for the murders of Steven and Mina Shulz. Rose pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of the couple, who were found dead in their Olalla property on August 18, 2022.
Rose was identified as a suspect and arrested at a Tacoma, Wash., gas station four days later, after leading authorities on a chase through Mason and Pierce counties, according to the release.
Prosecutors called the crime a robbery gone wrong, saying that Rose was caught in the act of burglarizing the home and decided to kill the couple rather than flee, according to The News Tribune.
A judge this week also accepted a plea deal that included a lifetime no-contact order for the couple’s daughter, Fox 13 reports.
The couple’s daughter stated, “I lie awake, haunted by thoughts of what my parents went through in their final moments, how much pain and suffering they must have felt as Shaun Rose violated their security, their home, their bodies,” she said.
“I think about how my father in his dying moments, tried his best to protect his wife, yet Shaun murdered them both and pillaged their home.”
According to KCPQ-TV, the couple and Rose had no known connection prior to the murders.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying they were “grateful that justice has been served in this case. We recognize the pain and suffering this devastating loss has caused the family and community, and we hope that today’s sentencing brings them some closure.”