It all started in Grant County, Wisconsin, when James read a newspaper story of a 14-year-old boy in a double slaying murdered a man and his wife. The story led him to set a plan in motion.
Sixteen-year-old James hid in the shadows as his father, Glen, age 46, a part-time County Deputy Sheriff was putting the family car in the garage. His mother sat in the passenger seat. James pulled the trigger on a .22 caliber riffle shooting his father in the back of the head. The slug fracturing his jaw. His mother suffered shock and was hospitalized with a nervous breakdown.
James was charged with intent to murder in the impulse shooting of his father and was held on a $15,000 bond. His plea was innocent by reason of insanity in connection to the ambush. Authorities planned to take him to the Mendota State Hospital for a mental evaluation. He was found to be sane at the time of the shooting. James then changed his plea to guilty.
James was sentenced to a term not to exceed six years.
Glen survived this brutal attack by his son and lived to the ripe old age of 93.