May 9, 2006
The Albemarle County man accused of donning a Halloween mask and trying to kill his estranged wife was sentenced today.
A judge sentenced Kurt Kroboth to ten years in prison for attempting to carry out a murder plot that played out like a scene from a horror movie.
Kroboth, wearing a vampire mask and armed with a knife, broke into his wife's home on Halloween night 2004. He said he was going to kill her and make it look like she committed suicide but she fought him off.
Kroboth later pleaded guilty to attempted murder and breaking and entering. Prosecutors say his motive was greed; that he didn't want to pay out a large divorce settlement. Today they urged the court for a harsh sentence.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Cynthia Murray said although they had asked for a minimum of 15 years, they are happy with the judges decision. "We asked for a higher sentence but we do feel as though Judge Shelton was very considerate of all of the evidence that was presented to him today, and that he came to a fair and reasonable sentence for Kurt Kroboth," she explained.
Today Kroboth told the judge “something inside him made him do it” and that he was sorry it was at his wife's expense.
He blamed the stress and anxiety of the divorce and said this tragic event was necessary in order “for him to find his way back.”
Kroboth was also order to pay restitution and not have contact with his wife upon release from prison.