Court: Man kills father with guitar, gets 30 years

Jury believes son was provoked in homicide
Court: Man kills father with guitar, gets 30 years

A 38-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his father in Kenosha. 

Brian Novak was convicted of second-degree intentional homicide with a dangerous weapon in the death of 59-year-old Michael Novak. The son allegedly punched, stomped and beat him in the head with an electric guitar Sept. 1, 2010, at the father’s house. Brian Novak and his girlfriend had been living with him.

The bludgeoning happened after several months of conflict between them, including the father’s alleged sexual interest in the son’s girlfriend.

The Kenosha News reports ( ) Novak also received 15 years of extended supervision after release from prison.

He was originally charged with first-degree intentional homicide. During the June trial jurors accepted the lesser charge because they believed he was adequately provoked.