Bullard High School grad gets 22 years to life for killing father

April 7, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Bullard High School graduate is headed to prison for killing his own father, despite pleas from his family that he should go to a mental hospital.

Kevin Elia, 21, admitted to attacking his mother, then killing his father when he stepped in to help. Bradley Elia, 58, suffered blunt-force trauma to his head in the December attack. He died a few days later.

Kevin's mother and his uncle both said on Monday that Kevin suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. They were upset he didn't get a mental evaluation before agreeing to a plea deal. But prosecutors say Elia's confession was coherent and showed he knew the difference between right and wrong.

Elia will serve 22 years to life.