PONTIAC (WWJ) – Twelve to 20 years. That’s what the Troy man charged with killing his father was sentenced to on Tuesday.

Patrick Mikes Jr. pleaded guilty, but but mentally ill, to second degree murder reports WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting.

Occasionally looking over at his maternal grandfather, who had nothing but encouraging smiles for him, Mikes Jr. listened to his sentencing in Oakland County Circuit Court.

He admitted to beating his father, and then dumping his body in a corn field. His lawyer, however, believes Mikes will only serve about 11 years behind bars for his crime.

A victims statement read by the assistant prosecutor painted the defendant as remorseless and that any statement of contrition he might make could be met with skepticism.

But his grandfather, John Staken, disagreed with that statement from the prosecutor.

“He was significantly abused by his father … it’s a tragedy. It’s a tragedy he’s killed and it’s a tragedy that another life is ruined,” said Staken.

Staken says that his grandson was on track for a full scholarship at Notre Dame … “just in the top, top echelon of his class … and severely abused by the father,” he said.


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