Charles Hudibergh confessed to killing his elderly father after he says he became overwhelmed caring for him.
Hudibergh has a master's degree and until this past April no criminal history. But his attorney says a failed marriage and his obligation to care for his 81-year-old father became too much.
From the start, Defense Attorney Jane Boulger says Hudibergh confessed to beating his father to death with a hammer.
The lengthy sentence means he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
"He is actually handling it fine. He embraces his responsibility," Boulger said.
The judge told the court the victim was vulnerable, elderly and asleep when he was murdered.
Hudibergh's attorney says her client was hospitalized for depression not long before the murder. But although she says it wasn't enough for a defense, her client wanted to do what he felt was right.
"From day one he has wanted to plead guilty. He is very remorseful, he got overwhelmed and this tragedy occurred," Boulger said.
Police say the father and son were arguing prior to the murder. When Hudibergh called for help he told 911 operators they had a disagreement and he felt his father needed medical attention.
Neighbors told Action News Hudibergh seemed very depressed in days leading up to the brutal attack.