Skip to comments.Convicted Murderer Faces Charges of Firearm Possession
Posted on 01/16/2013 4:11:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
Christian Phillip Oberender, 32, is in jail in Carver County accused of possessing 13 firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.
Oberender was convicted of murdering his mother, Mary Oberender, in 1995. He was 14-years-old when he shot her several times with a shotgun.
Now, 18 years later, he faces felony charges for possessing those 13 guns illegally, but it's what he didn't do that has his community on edge.
"I need to know about these things. I am going to keep a very visual look at what is happening in this case and follow it and figure it out. Whatever happens I'm going to want to know," Watertown-Mayer Superintendent of schools David Marlette said Tuesday night.
David Marlette says he just learned about Oberender's release from civil commitment and his arsenal on Monday.
And while Oberender never threatened to shoot anyone at any school, it is still something, in this day and age Marlette says he needs to know about.
Marlette said he learned Monday from Oberender's neighbors that he allegedly passes his days shooting his guns outside of the rural home where his mother was shot.
"The neighbors said they made numerous calls to the sheriff's department that they young man is out shooting a gun in the back yard and reported it and I just think it took too long for someone to come and take his guns away," Marlette said.
Beyond the target practice, perhaps most alarming are what investigators say they found in Oberender's bedroom.
A note titled "Dear Mom" written recently that read,"I feel the good part of me fade away. I don't know how long I can hold it in for. I think about killing all the time ... The monster want out. I know what happens when he comes out. He only been out one time and someone die ... The monster want to hurt people. There is so much pain in my heart and soul. Me want others to feel it."
The problem is obvious. He should have never walked free again.
I wonder how many times he voted for Franken.
Yep, he committed a grown up crime, so he should have been tried and sentenced as a grown up, not released after a few years of “civil confinement”, whatever that is.
I’m not against treating juveniles differently than adults when they commit crimes, but for a murder this cold-blooded, we would be foolish to treat them as anything less than a grown-up threat to society.
I’m not opposed to felons having weapons but truly dangerous felons should not walk free for anything less than 20 or 40 years.
The guy that murdered firemen in Christmas beat his grandmother to death with a hammer in the mid 80s. He should have never walked free again.
I’m glad the laws concerning firearm acquisitions are working so well to keep guns out of violent criminal’s hands.
From my perspective, the idea of “juvenile justice” was to deal with a kid breaking windows with a slingshot or shoplifting a candy bar. That sort of youthful indiscretion should be punished, but it shouldn’t follow you for your whole life.
When you get into violent crime, all bets are off, and as you say, the perps should be tried and sentenced as adults.
You are dead right! If a felon is too dangerous to be released (as this one was) he should have his second amendment right extinguished.
For all other released felons there should be no reason to extinguish the right to bear arms. In fact, they should be welcomed back.
I think we should go back to handing weapons back over at the gate of the prison to released inmates but straight up murder (rape, child molesters) should not walk, period.
Armed robbery should be 20 years the first time and life for a second offense.
But there are LAWS against felons owning guns......
If I were going to go to prison for life I would want a guard to come by my cell and put a bullet in my head in the middle of the night.
“Im not opposed to felons having weapons but truly dangerous felons should not walk free for anything less than 20 or 40 years.”
I don’t care about felons having weapons either. In fact, I think once they have served their time and are off parole, disenfranchising them is unconstitutional.
For murderers, we should never worry about them owning weapons, since they should either be dead or in jail for life.
Yeah, I’d be willing to put the bar above some stuff like assault and battery, since kids get in fights, that is just a fact of life. If you get to rape, or attempted murder, armed robbery, stuff like that, well, if you’re old enough to do the crime, you’re old enough to do the time.
Early America had few prisons for a reason.
How about registering felons and psycho-killers, despite their ages, instead of legal guns?
This guy was another Newton waiting to happen.
At least the police finally followed up on complaints, just in time, I think.
If they’re a psycho-killer, we shouldn’t need to register them. We should be able to find their grave, or their prison cell, whenever we are looking for them. We just need to stop letting them out again.
As for felons, I don’t believe we should register them, once they have served their sentence and any parole term. They have paid their debt and should be treated like any other citizen. If they haven’t paid their debt, they shouldn’t be walking around the streets, send them back to jail.
It’s legal to shoot guns on your property in Watertown Township. Supposedly that’s why the sheriff took so long to check it out. The perp lived with his brother and I imagine the property was in his brother’s name.
Also Christian Oberender’s name never came up on the list of felons when the sheriff checked it out later. The guy went through the juvenile system, never prison, and Health and Human Services was ‘responsible’ for him. The DOC knew nothing about him.
The mommy murderer blew it for himself when he posted a picture on Facebook with his weapons and said he admired the shooters at Newtown and Columbine. A local woman reported it.
The discovery of his recent writings sends a chill down my spine. I have a child attending school in the Watertown-Mayer school district. To say I’m glad they finally have this nut behind bars is an understatement.
I’d be good with that line.
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