A man accused of murdering his brother pled guilty in Brazos County court last week and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Kyle Wischnewsky, 28, of Shepherd, shot his brother Cliff, 43, of Tomball, to death March 22, 2012, after accompanying him on a trip to buy two four-wheelers.
Kyle and Cliff traveled to Brazos County to purchase a pair of ATV's. Cliff was carrying $14,000 on him to purchase the ATV's and asked his brother to accompany him in order to help.
Cliff Wischnewsky was found lying on a metal cattle guard the following day on Texas 21, east of Bryan. The truck driver that found the body called the sheriff's office.
The ensuing investigation led investigators to New Mexico, where they found Kyle at a motel in Carlsbad. He was arrested by the Carlsbad Police Department.
During the sentencing, about two dozen friends and family members sat in the audience, as Cliff Wischnewsky's son Brett gave a victim impact statement.
"Now I want to address the person who did this," The Bryan-College Station Eagle reports Brett Wischnewsky as saying. "I will not call you by name because you are nothing to me. I could speculate why you would do something so evil, but I guess the why doesn't matter as much anymore. It's done. Nothing will ever bring my dad back."
Brett Wischnewsky said his uncle remained emotionless throughout his statement.
"He had no emotion," Brett Wischnewsky told the Tribune. "There was nothing there in his face or his eyes."
Brett Wischnewsky said he wanted his uncle to see the monster Brett thinks he has become.
"I wanted to show him that no one is afraid of him because of what he has done," he said.
Brazos County District Attorney Jarvis Parsons said the guilty plea was the best outcome.
"This case is extremely unique considering that the mother of the victim is also the mother of the defendant," he said in a statement. "There is no way for the criminal justice system to fill the void left by this defendant's actions on his own family. Considering everything, including the fact that the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his brother, we believe that this sentence is a just result."
Brett Wischnewsky agreed.
"We are glad we don't have to go through a trial and everything associated with that," he said. "It would have been 10 times harder on everyone. I believe justice has been done, but I also don't think there ever could be enough of a punishment for what he did to this family."
Brett Wischnewsky said his family is now ready to move on and remember the person that Cliff Wischnewsky was.
"I want everyone to remember how good of a guy he was, the soul he had and how he would do absolutely anything for anyone," Brett Wischnewsky said of his father. "He was one of the good guys and unfortunately the world has too few of them now."