Life sentence for priest parricide

Isaac Tiharihondi (20) will never be eligible for parole for murdering his father, the Rev. Dr. Israel Ahimbisibwe, his stepmother Dorcus, and his five year old brother 

The son of a Houston Episcopal priest has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Harris County, Texas court after pleading guilty to the murder of his parents and brother. Isaac Tiharihondi (20) will never be eligible for parole murdering his father, the Rev. Dr. Israel Ahimbisibwe, his stepmother Dorcus, and his five year old brother Israel, “Jay”.  After Dr. Ahimbisibwe failed to attend Sunday services at his parish, the Church of the Redeemer in Houston, parishioners telephoned the vicar and visited his home at an apartment complex. Concerned that there was no answer to their knock on the door, members of the parish had a maintenance worker try to open the front door. Finding the front and back doors locked the janitor broke a window and entered the apartment. The janitor immediately called the police after finding the family dead. Court records state police found the bodies of Dr. Ahimbisibwe and his wife face down in their bathroom. The bodies appeared to have been struck with a blunt object. The body of the five year old was found in a bathtub, and appeared to have been stabbed to death.  The apartment was awash with blood, the report stated, suggesting the bodies had been dragged through the apartment after death. The complaint filed by the police stated a neighbor had spoken to Mrs. Ahimbisibwe on the night of 27 January 2015, six days before the bodies were discovered. Investigators contacted the couple’s 17 year old son, Emmanuel, who attends a boarding school in California. The son said that he spoke to his brother Isaac and later with his mother on the 27th, and learned the father was going to confront Isaac later that night. He asked his mother to telephone him after the family meeting, but never heard from his parents again. Friends and neighbors of the Ahimbisibwe family saw Isaac during the week, but did not enter the family home.  On the 29th he told one neighbor he was leaving town to report for basic training with the U.S. Marine Corps, and appears to have left Houston on 31 January 2015.  Federal authorities tracked Isaac down and arrested him in Raymond, Miss., on 4 Feb 2015.  Dr. Ahimbisibwe, a native of Uganda, was vicar of Church of the Redeemer and chaplain at the University of Houston, and was a graduate of Harvard and Rice Universities

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