BIRTH: October 15, 2004
DEATH: May 22, 2009
Sabrina, 4, was stabbed to death in her home by her half-brother. He murdered Sabrina because his mother wouldn’t allow him to have a gun.
He called for help then met police at the door, his pants covered in blood. He stated to the officers, calmly, “it was me.”
Inside the home police found drops of blood leading up the carpeted steps from the sub-basement across the white ceramic kitchen floor to a wall-mounted phone with a handset covered in blood. Keith Randulich called 911 three times after the slaying, saying “come over quick” and “get over here” in two separate calls.
Sabrina’s 16-year-old brother told police he was upstairs playing a video game, unaware that anything was wrong until he saw flashing police lights through his bedroom window, the affidavit stated. He went downstairs, saw Keith covered in blood and asked, “What did you do?”
Keith confessed to taking Sabrina into the sub-basement, straddling her as she struggled and screamed, and stabbing her. She died of what was described as “numerous and massive stab wounds to her neck“.
Keith told police he slit her throat to protect her from another abusive relative, but the Coroner said there was no evidence of molestation on her body.
Before killing the girl, Keith said he wanted to buy a gun to kill the “bigger and stronger” abuser, but his mother refused to purchase a firearm for him.
So Keith waited for his parents to leave the home, grabbed a steak knife and lured the girl into his basement bedroom. After he killed her, he ran up the stairs and called 911 to report the crime.
“I gave her a kiss and said, ‘I am sorry, I had to do it.”
Keith Randulich was charged as an adult with murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison.