ROSEVILLE, Calif. — State prison officials, following an evaluation process that spanned over three months, have decided to hold a Roseville father who killed his family at a prison with housing designated for “sensitive needs” inmates including serial killers, former law enforcement officers, informants, and gang dropouts.
CDCR Information Specialist Joe Orlando confirmed in an email that Hangud has been transferred to Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, where he will spend the rest of his life.
The facility includes a Sensitive Needs Yard, a protective custody area reserved for inmates that could otherwise be targeted in general population. Because of the shocking and unusual nature of his case, Hangud will most likely be held there.
Following a blistering preliminary hearing in January of 2019, the 55-year-old struck a plea deal with the DA’s Office, where he admitted to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aiding and encouraging suicide, in exchange for three consecutive sentences of life without parole.
Hangud was initially arrested at the Mt. Shasta Police Department after turning himself in for the killings of his wife and three children, one of which lay dead in his car just down the road.
He told investigators that, after losing his job as a tech specialist following a decades-long battle with depression compounded by his bedridden wife’s condition, he convinced his family to kill themselves and promised to join them. He helped his daughter, wife, and youngest son hang themselves from ceiling fans and strangled his oldest son to death in the car after the rope broke.
“You know what? I have put them through so much pain, I deserve punishment,” Hangud said in his interview with Roseville detectives. “I want to suffer in jail for the next hundreds of years.”
Hangud said his wife had been grappling with suicidal thoughts for years, but only began seriously expressing a want to die after he lost his job. He egged her on, convinced his two older children to join her, and manipulated his youngest child into believing he didn’t have a chance without them.
Despite admitting to the deaths and telling detectives that he was “not a nice guy” who didn’t deserve respect from them, he insisted he didn’t convince his children and that they committed suicide out of their own free will.
“I did not convince my children,” Hangud said. “It was my wife who convinced my daughter first. My son got convinced himself by looking at the internet.”
Evidence presented at Hangud’s 2019 preliminary examination, including pictures of his home and a two-hour-long confession tape, were released by the DA’s Office in response to a request for records from The Update. Those files can be viewed here.