Christian Oberender, convicted of killing his mom 18 years ago, was arrested after he was found to possess 13 firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon.
Oberender shot his mother multiple times with a shotgun in 1995 when he was just 14. And while his community is relieved he is behind bars, they are also concerned over what may have been.
KARE-11 reports that Watertown-Mayer Superintendent of schools David Marlette stated on Tuesday:
“I need to know about these things. I am going to keep a very visual look at what is happening in this case and follow it and figure it out. Whatever happens I’m going to want to know.”
Marlette learned from Oberender’s neighbors on Monday that the convicted murderer is often heard shooting his guns in the backyard of his rural home — the same place he shot his mother. Marlette added:
“The neighbors said they made numerous calls to the sheriff’s department that the young man is out shooting a gun in the back yard and reported it and I just think it took too long for someone to come and take his guns away.”
USA Today reports that Carver County investigators believe that Christian Oberender may have been able to purchase some of the guns in his arsenal legally. His name didn’t raise any red flags on a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension background check.
Carver County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Kamerud stated, “When we ran his criminal history, it wasn’t indicated that he should not be able to have firearms.” This is likely because the murder of Oberender’s mother was before fingerprints that are a part of the state’s records went digital.
Kamerud added that he is not sure what records were sent to the state when Oberender killed his mother. After her murder, Oberender was sent to several treatment centers, some of which had prison-like security, until age 21. After than, he spent one year in a halfway house. The man’s doctor reported that he had severe mental health problems including potential schizophrenia.
Investigators searching the house after Oberender’s arrest made another disturbing find. They discovered a recent note written to Oberender’s deceased mother, which read in part:
“I feel the good part of me fade away. I don’t know how long I can hold it in for. I think about killing all the time … The monster want out. I know what happens when he comes out. He only been out one time and someone die … The monster want to hurt people. There is so much pain in my heart and soul. Me want others to feel it.”
Christian Oberender is currently in jail on $1 million bond for the unlawful possession of firearms.