SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Bountiful man accused of shooting his mother to death, cutting her throat, and stuffing her body into a freezer in the basement was found 'not guilty by reason of insanity' on Monday.
Jeremy Jacob Hauck, 23, killed his mother in August of 2006 when he was 18-years old. Laura Hauck, 51, had been sleeping in her bed when she was shot and her throat cut. According to investigators, after he put her body inside the freezer, Jeremy Hauck stole his mother's car and drove to Montana -- where he was arrested two days later.
His attorney says Hauck believed someone was out to get him.
And that’s why his attorney says Hauck, then a teen-ager in 2006 killed his mother.
“He believed because of the delusion that he was killing what he terms a replica, somebody who had replaced his mother to capture him,” says his attorney Todd Utzinger.
After killing his mother and stuffing her in a freezer, Hauck fled the state and was captured in Montana.
For more than seven years, family members have been waiting for this to somehow come to an end.
“Now we can start healing and get this part over with,” says his cousin Annie Call.
Since his arrest, Hauck has been analyzed by five psychiatrists.
They’ve all came to the same conclusion that he was insane at the time of the murder.
“We thought it was the right resolution,” says assistant Davis County Attorney David Cole. “The practical effect is that Jeremy spends the rest of his life in the hospital.”
Despite Hauck showing progress in his condition a judge still found Hauck to be a danger to the community. He ordered that Hauck spend fifteen years to life at the state hospital.
“We're just glad that he is someplace where he can't hurt anybody else and that's the main thing,” says his cousin.
Utzinger says there has only been one instance in which a man who was found to be not guilty by insanity was set free from the state hospital.
“But that was a drug case,” says Utzinger. “This was murder. I don’t think he’ll ever leave the hospital.”