Scott Sterffy sentenced for killing, dismembering father

Scott Sterffy (Portage Department of Public Safety)

A 58-year-old Michigan man will spend several decades behind bars for killing and dismembering his own father before fleeing the state.

Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Paul Bridenstine on Monday ordered Scott Sterffy to serve a sentence of 25 to 50 years in a state penitentiary for the 2021 slaying of 82-year-old retired oral surgeon Dr. Thomas Aye, authorities confirmed to Law&Crime.

Judge Bridenstine also sentenced Sterffy to four to 10 years in prison for mutilation of a dead body, to be served concurrent to the murder sentence.

Sterffy, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and institutionalized earlier in his life, last month entered a plea of ​​mentally ill-no contest to the charge of second-degree murder in his father’s slaying. Authorities say that prior to being dismembered, Aye had sustained multiple blunt force trauma and stab wounds to his face, head, and body. He was also asphyxiated.

Doctors at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry had initially ruled him incompetent to stand trial, but later determined him to be competent, according to a report from Michigan-based media conglomerate MLive

Detectives with the Portage Police Department said that Aye’s body was discovered by one of his daughters at approximately 7 pm on July 25, 2021 at his home located in the 5000 block of Glencove Court. His daughter from him was reportedly checking on him after he failed to show up for an appointment.

Investigators determined that Sterffy had been staying at his father’s home during the time of the killing and fled the state shortly afterward. The murder sparked a nationwide manhunt for Sterffy, who was located and taken into custody in Kalamazoo, Michigan just a few days after his father’s death.

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