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Ildiko FreitasClark, WY – Two teens, 19-year-old Stephen Hammer and 18-year-old Tanner Vanpelt, are facing 11 felony counts after police say they killed a woman and her elderly parents in order to steal a car.

According to charging documents, Hammer and Vanpelt went to the home of 40-year-old Ildiko Freitas, who lived their with her husband and her parents, 69-year-old Janos Volgyesi and 70-year-old Hildegard Volgyesi. The teens had intended intent to steal Freitas Audi and flee to Utah, but something went horribly wrong.

Freitas, who knew Hammer from when he once lived in the area, argued with the boys, leading to Vanpelt shooting and killing her. The affidavit alleges Hammer found Hildegard Volgyesi in the basement and shot her. When Vanpelt went into the basement he saw Volgyesi was still alive, and shot her two more times. Vanpelt then encountered Janos Volgyesi in the garage and shot the man twice in the back.

Neighbors reported seeing the teens arrive at the home in a white Taurus, and watched as they entered the front door. Twenty minutes later, they watched the sedan and Freitas’ Audi speeding away from the home with the family’s dogs chasing after them. The neighbors called 911 when they went to the home to return the dogs and discovered the bodies of Freitas and her father. Police would later discover Volgyesi’s body in the basement.

Tanner Vanpelt and Stephen Hammer

Tanner Vanpelt and Stephen Hammer

The teens would be arrested later that day after a volunteer firefighter, who had been one of the first responders at the murder scene, witnessed the boys driving the vehicles toward Wyo. 120. Jerry Ruth called 911 and followed the two vehicles while staying about a quarter mile behind them.

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When the boys spotted a state trooper, the driver of the white Taurus pulled over, got out and jumped into the black Audi. “I suspected we were going to have a gunfight, I really did,” said Ruth, a retired Baltimore police officer. He said he had his gun and Baltimore police badge ready in case a gunfight ensued.

But turns out the boys aren’t just cold-blooded killers, they are also pussies.

“At that moment, the state trooper came across the highway from the parking lot — in a very aggressive manner, I guess, very quickly — he drew his gun and pointed it at the driver of the black car and it was done,” Ruth said. “Basically, they gave up right there.”

Tanner Vanpelt graduated in from Cody High School in December 2011, where the principal recalled that the teen never had serious discipline issues. Vanpelt’s father said his son has never been in serious trouble before his arrest. Hammer attended the school only a year before. A former neighbor to the Hammer family, recalled Stephen Hammer as a likable, well-mannered boy. State courts showed no citations involving any kind of violence for hammer or Vanpelt.

According to Park County Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Patterson’s affidavit, after his arrest, Hammer said he was “sorry for shooting ‘that lady'” and led law enforcement to a location where the teens hidden the 9mm pistols allegedly used in the murders. The guns were two of the eleven firearms stolen during a Feb 26 burglary of  Cody Sports and Pawn. The remaining guns were found at Vanpelt’s apartment.

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  • Buffettgirl

    Hey fucktards, hope your 20 minutes of playing Billy Bad-Ass were worth it for you. Welcome to the next phase of your useless wasted lives. In this phase you’ll be exposed to the joys of life in prison and all the sausage you can eat… whether you want to or not…

  • velvetjoneslives

    The motto of Wyoming is “Cowboy country forever!”. Well, about time they had themselves a hanging.

  • Andyman

    ..or take.. And really? WTF would motivate two kids to destroy their young lives over a car they got to enjoy for half a day? And three people had to lose their lives for a fucking Audi?

  • Buffettgirl

    I would love to know just how these two ass-hats actually thought they could pull this one off and not be caught? These two are clearly just as sharp as a rubber ball…

  • newstarshipsmell

    Not mentioned in the report is that both genius criminals were furiously dialing 267-555-0100 on their cell phones as the cop charged them, but their fingers weren’t fast enough.

  • Heather_Habilatory



  • Evan Oswald

    lol @ the family’s dogs chasing after them

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    Yet another Wyoming School System failure.

    In proper English, “When I grow up, I am moving out of state.” not “When I grow up, I’m movin’ Audi state.”

  • Heather_Habilatory

    I live in Mandan, ND where our motto is “Where the west begins.”

    We’ll do it!

  • Heather_Habilatory

    What the hell makes two otherwise normal people do shit like this?

  • kimbev69

    that is so friggen senseless it’s unbelievable…how sad to kill three people over a car, it made me sad that the dog was chasing the car…

  • JohnQknowitall

    If I were a young white boy who wanted a car, I think I would think what getting caught and being sent to jail as a young white be to a federal prison. Their carriage awaits them and Prince Charming is waiting too.

  • Minerva

    Why murder to steal a car? Are they really too lazy and stupid to Hotwire a car? Rather difference between months and life.

  • Jessica Stewart

    They come from the school of shoot first and think it through later

  • This article reports a ‘double ‘ homicide,,having killed ,,Ildiko Freitas,the daughter and Janos Volgyesi, the father,,,,,,well,,,,,,it is now a ‘triple’ homicide,,,as Hildegard Volgyesi ( mother ) has died too…..this two young men are in a HEAP of trouble, to say the least…!This reported by the ,billingsgazette…

  • Fucking punks. This is where no discipline gets your kids.

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Yeah, sure they’re sorry–sorry they got caught! Here’s hoping that they get to spend the rest of their lives in prison, since they already have so little regard for human life and property rights.

  • Buffettgirl

    “Prince Charming is waiting too.” – LMAO!!! Thanks, I really needed a good giggle this morning!

  • JGo555

    This reminds me of the 2 star athletes that were all American and popular and decided to become hitmen and live a life of crime so they killed two old professors for the fucking HELL of it. I can’t find their names.

  • cminus

    I’m surprised nobody has called attention to the pinnacle of “WTF?” moment here: they arrived at the house in a white Taurus, and left in two cars before both getting into the Audi for the chase.

    In other words, they didn’t kill three people to steal a car so they could get out of the state. They killed three people for a spare car. What, did they have too much stuff to pack in the Taurus, and not enough money to rent a U-Haul trailer?

  • LeaveMeBe

    I just went into a comma coma.

  • Heinous act. Also egregious errors re English language usage.

    * “who lived their” –> “there”
    * “teens had intended intent”
    * “Freitas Audi –> “Freitas’ Audi”
    * “Tanner Vanpelt graduated in from Cody High School”
    * “likable” –> “likeable”
    * “no citations involving any kind of violence for hammer” –> “Hammer”
    * “where the teens hidden the 9mm pistols” –> “had hidden”

  • Athena

    You must be a hoot at parties.

  • JustBrowsingLife

    Sic um girl!

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    two more Genius Clowns. they need a slow death repeatedly

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    too stupid to just steal one off a car lot..

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    that is a cold arse location to live in..brr

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    some ppl Never ever Study First..sigh….lol i thought you had this site Archived on yer Puter!!?

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    get them some Soap…

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    And his Seven or maybe Eight Dwarves….

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    Dear.. Do they LOOK normal..roflamao

  • AliceinChainsman =]

    Audis suck..

  • Heather_Habilatory

    It’s not too bad, now. Should have been around in January. -40 degrees with crazy windchills.

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  • Whisper Wing

    Teens plead guilty in triple slayings in Wyo.

    CODY, Wyo. — Two teenagers who gunned down three members of a family at a rural home in northern Wyoming early this year will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole, a district judge ordered Tuesday.

    Tanner B. Vanpelt and Stephen F. Hammer, both 19 and both from Cody, cried in court as they apologized for the killings.

    Vanpelt and Hammer pleaded guilty to killing Ildiko Freitas, 40, and her parents, 70-year-old Janos Volgyesi and 69-year-old HIldegard Volgyesi.
    Hammer and Vanpelt each pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder at Tuesday’s hearing.


    Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric agreed to seek life sentences instead of the death penalty, with the agreement of law enforcement and Freitas’ family.

    Freitas’ husband, John Freitas, and her younger brother, Thomas Volgyesi, each spoke at the sentencing hearing.
    “They meant the world to me and your senseless act has ruined my life forever,” Thomas Volgyesi said.
    While saying the teens deserved the death penalty, Thomas Volgyesi said it would not bring him any closure. He said he supported a life sentence.
    John Freitas said the killings sentenced him to a lifetime of nightmares. “There’s nothing left,” he said.
    Vanpelt said there was no explanation for what he did. “But the only thing that I know is that I have to live with it every day,” he said, adding he wished he could take it back.
    Hammer also said his actions couldn’t be justified. “I can’t even fathom what I’ve put you and everybody through,” he said, looking toward the family. “I wish more than anything I could take back what I’ve done.”
    Defense attorneys said they couldn’t explain their clients’ actions, but said the violence was out of character.
    District Court Judge Steven Cranfill accepted the guilty pleas. He said he couldn’t bring back the victims, provide answers or erase what the community had experienced. However, he said he could accept the agreement supported by the victims’ family and sentence Vanpelt and Hammer to life in prison.

    Vanpelt received three consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Hammer received one sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and two additional life sentences.

    Cranfill gave both Hammer and Vanpelt the same final words: “May God have mercy on your soul.”

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  • JGo555

    Hammer’s ears… the lowered ears strike again.