A Michiana murderer was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in custody, while those closest to the case seemed more concerned about what they called a "kidnapping."
Gary Studer received several life sentences Monday for the shooting deaths of his estranged wife, Tonya Goble Studer, and his mother in law, Vickie Ann Dewey, last April in Union Pier.
After the court session, relatives from both sides of the family came together to request that Studer’s two young children be placed in the custody of blood relatives.
“The only thing we hear the therapists say is that they're not ready,” said Studer’s mother Karen. “They won't explain or elaborate, they're holding our kids hostage basically.”
Studer’s sister had strong feelings as well, saying, “to look at my children, I can only imagine what Keenan must feel,
what did I do wrong? Not only did dad and mom leave me but you guys left me.”
Family members from both sides say they have been denied any contact with the two young boys who are age 3, and 11-months.
According to Christina Goble, the half sister of Tonya,
"I insisted that dad have Studer on the gravestone. I know
the boys, they'll find out eventually, and they're gonna wonder
why their family abandoned them. We didn't, we've been denied getting to see them."