An army veteran who stabbed his next-door neighbors to death in a parking space dispute has been sentenced to life in prison for a minimum of 38 years.
Colin Reeves, 35, murdered Stephen and Jennifer Chapel at their Somerset home on November 21 while their two young sons slept upstairs. He confessed to the murder on a 999 phone call minutes later.
The former royal engineer admitted to manslaughter but denied the killing, claiming he was believed to be in a war zone and had a “mental dysfunction”.
Reeves was caught by security camera climbing Stephen and Jennifer Chapel’s garden before entering their back door
The jury unanimously dismissed his defense of diminished responsibility Friday after two of the three forensic psychiatrists contacted said he was suffering from depression rather than post-traumatic stress.