A former Butler County man who shot and bludgeoned his father to death in 1998 will have a chance at parole in another 16 years, after being resentenced Wednesday by judge William R. Shaffer.
Nicholas A. White was resentenced to a prison term of 35 years to life, wiping out the previous sentence of life without parole for the killing of his father, Robert Grant White, on July 31, 1998 outside the family's home on Route 356 Summit Township.
Shaffer handed down the sentence after a lengthy court proceeding Wednesday that saw White and two of his relatives — his mother, Doreen, and his uncle, Lt. Col. Daniel White — take the stand and present different opinions on what White's sentence should be.
Doreen White testified that her son's home life was troubled in the years before he killed his father. Her son was a good student in school and heavily involved in extracurricular activities and sports, but the relationship between Nicholas and Robert White was strained by her husband's alcoholism, Doreen testified.
When White himself took the stand on Wednesday he testified that he has used the last 19 years in prison to better himself — completing courses on electrical work and computers, and serving as a peer facilitator in a jailhouse program meant to help inmates overcome addiction. He also expressed remorse for the killing of his father.
A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.