BOISE, Idaho — Ethan Windom, 17, killed his mother, Judy Windom, 42, on Jan. 25, 2007. The Borah High School student killed her while she slept in her bed. The special education teacher at Eagle High School was beaten and stabbed to death. Judge Copsey sentenced Ethan to life with no possibility of parole, a sentence she has only handed out once before in her career. The reasoning for this come from the statements made by Ethan himself.
Ethan told investigators that the murder was “No problem at all.” Ethan used a weight to repeatedly hit his sleeping mother in the head, “until she stopped making noise.” He then took a knife and stabbed her in the heart and other locations. He then took a second knife and stabbed her in the brain, leaving the knife in her head. When asked why he killed his mother, Ethan explained it was just because she was the closest person. He stated that he, “was thinking about going downtown and stabbing a couple of worthless bums, they’re just fucking bums.”
Judge Copsey explained her decision. “I cannot gamble that Ethan Windom will be compliant,” Copsey said. “Fixed life is one of the harshest sentences that we can hand down, and is reserved only for those offenses that are so egregious that they deserve an appropriate amount of retribution.” Ethan showed no emotion as the sentence was read.Tags: Bludgeoned, Matricide, Murder