Published January 13, 2015
A 53-year-old upstate New York man who killed his son for the insurance money has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
Karl Karlsen was sentenced Monday afternoon after pleading guilty in November to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Levi Karlsen.
Prosecutors said Karlsen killed his son in 2008 by shifting a truck off its jacks as the younger man worked underneath on the family's Finger Lakes property in Romulus.
Karlsen was the sole beneficiary of Levi's insurance policy and received $700,000 in the settlement.
Investigators in Calaveras County, Calif., have also been reviewing the 1991 death of Karlsen's former wife, Christina Karlsen, in a fire.