Koula estate settled

Published On: Mar 28 2013 02:57:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 28 2013 06:27:09 PM CDT

The family of a West Salem man convicted of shooting his parents are getting half of the murdered couple's estate.

Dennis and Merna Koula were shot to death in their Town of Barre home in 2010. Their son Erik was convicted of their murder.

Dennis and Merna's estate was valued at close to $1.5 million. A court ruled about half that money will go into a trust for Erik Koula's children. The other half will go to Dennis and Merna's daughter Cynthia. Erik is serving life in prison.