Paynesville man receives two life sentences for killing grandparents

Gregory Scheel, 33, of Paynesville, Minnesota was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder for allegedly killing his grandparents. 

A Paynesville, Minnesota man has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for murdering his grandparents in Stearns County earlier this year.

Gregory Scheel, 34, will serve at least 60 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole.

In August, Scheel pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the first degree of Wilbert and Gloria Scheel.

According to the criminal complaint, Gregory lived with his grandparents Wilbert and Gloria Scheel in Paynesville. In March, family members reported Wilbert and Gloria as missing after they did not come to a family dinner. After completing a welfare check, investigators found possible blood in the garage and saw the couple's Prius was missing. After issuing a BCA crime alert, authorities received a report of a Prius found in Colfax Township in Kandiyohi County. Investigators found Gloria and Wilbert's bodies in the car and later found Gregory walking nearby.