Balcer sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder of parents

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A mother and father were killed two years ago by their teenager who has now been sentenced to 40 years in prison for their deaths.

20-year-old Andrea Balcer pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors.

On Halloween night in 2016, Balcer called 9-1-1 to say he had stabbed his parents and the family dog.

Balcer is transgender, formerly called Andrew, and was 17 at the time of the crime.

In court Tuesday, Balcer asked for forgiveness from her family.

"Though no one may believe me, I am truly sorry for what I have done," said Balcer. "I've killed my parents. And I know that no amount of repenting will ever bring me true forgiveness for that."

Walter McKee, Defense Attorney said, "I would have liked to see a lesser sentence, but under the circumstances, two murders, all the problems with the case, 40 years on balance is not that bad."

"Today was about trying to do justice for Alice and Antonio Balcer. We did the best we could in that sense. As I said, we are disappointed in the sentence that was imposed, but you make your call and the judge makes his call," said Bud Ellis of the prosecution.

Balcer had said his parents Alice and Antonio Balcer weren't supportive of his transition from male to female and abused him.

Family and friends disputed any notion the parents weren't supportive of Andrea.

Carl Pierce, Alice's brother, said the suggestion that gender identity played a role was an insult to the parents' memory.