On September 17, Jacob Forman pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of his wife, Clara Forman, and the first-degree murder of his two young daughters, seven-year-old Yesenia and eight-year-old Karina.

The murders took place on December 17 following an argument between Forman and his wife regarding his drinking problem. In response to his wife’s allegations, Forman retrieved a sledgehammer and hit his wife in the head three times, killing her. Her last words were reportedly, “What are you doing?”