Rochester, MN (KROC-AM NEWS) - Today marks another anniversary involving one of the most notorious crimes in recent Minnesota history.

Rochester teenager David Brom was sentenced on this date 30-years ago to three consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his parents and two of his siblings inside their suburban northwest Rochester home. Under the state laws in effect at the time, Brom is required to serve 17 ½ years for each life sentence for a total of 52 ½ years behind bars before he will be eligible for parole.

MN Dept Corrections photo
MN Dept Corrections photo

The day before, October 15th, 1989, Brom was found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder for the axe murders of Bernard and Paulette Brom, along with 14-year-old Diane and 9-year-old Ricky Brom in the early hours of February 18th, 1988. David Brom, who was 16-years-old, was captured the next day near the northwest Rochester Post Office.

The case attracted national media attention due to the horrific level of violence, Brom’s young age, and a diagnosis of mental illness. He initially faced the charges in juvenile court, but the State Supreme Court later sided with the prosecution and ordered him to stand trial as an adult. He was on trial when he turned 18-years-old and never took the witness stand.

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