ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Man Who Killed His Wife from Northern California was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release on Wednesday after confessing to killing his wife and three children.
Shankar Hangud, 55, admitted to killing his family members over the course of several days in two Northern California counties in October 2019, stating he couldn’t financially support them, according to KCRA-TV. His children were 13, 16, and 20 years old.
Prosecutors said Hangud was apprehended shortly after the killings when he drove to a police station in Mount Shasta, more than 200 miles (320 kilometers) from his house, with the body of his oldest son in his car and confessed to all four murders. The bodies of the three additional victims were discovered inside the family’s residence in Roseville, northeast of Sacramento, after the confession, authorities said.
Hangul was sentenced to three life sentences by Placer County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Penney, who described the act as a “horrific atrocity” in which no victims were living to speak. The district attorney’s office stated that Hangud would not be eligible for parole since he had killed many people.
In September, Hangud pled guilty to three counts of first-degree murder for his children and one count of intentionally helping his wife’s suicide.
“It’s difficult to reconcile the facts that this tragedy could have occurred because someone couldn’t find work,” said Placer County prosecutor David Tellman. “However, it’s an old-world, patriarchal mind pattern that if he can’t provide for his family, he doesn’t want them to go hungry.” As a result, he murders his family.”
Hangul was a data professional who was out of work. He has worked for a number of firms in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, according to his LinkedIn page.