Victims family says death penalty would be ‘easy way out’ for man accused of killing mother, 3 children


FORT WAYNE, INd. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne man accused of killing a woman and her three children in their southeast-side home in early June could face life in prison.

Allen County prosecutors on Thursday filed a motion to seek life without parole against Cohen B. Hancz-Barron. The 21-year-old faces 4 counts of Murder related to the June 2 deaths of 26-year-old Sarah N. Zent and her children, 5-year-old Carter Zent, 3-year-old Ashton Zent, and 2-year-old Aubree Zent.

All four were found stabbed to death in a home at 2904 Gay St.

Police and medics were called around 10:45 a.m. to the home a block south of East Pontiac Street on a problem unknown. Inside the home, police said they found a “gruesome” scene – all three children dead face down on a bed and their mother kneeling beside it, also dead.

Hancz-Barron was quickly identified as a suspect, and police tracked him to a Lafayette apartment complex, where he was arrested that afternoon.

The Zent family said in a statement to WANE 15 that the death penalty would be the “easy way out” for Hancz-Barron and they pushed for life in prison instead.

There have been several differences in opinions when it comes to the justice that we want served in the death of Sarah, Carter, Ashton and Aubree. And while we remain indifferent, we agree that we want to fight for a minimum of life in prison without the possibility of parole for each count of murder Cohen is charged with. Our family specifically does not want to impose any more death than has already occurred. We feel that the death penalty will be the “easy” way out for him. Instead, we want to fight for the maximum justice that can be served. Nothing will ever make-up or bring back our sweet Aubree, or her mother Sarah, and brothers Carter and Ashton. However, we will not stop seeking justice until it is fully served. We are anxiously awaiting the trial in January. Please continue to respect our family’s privacy during this extremely tragic time.

The Family of Justin More, Aubree’s Father

Hancz-Barron is set to stand trial in January.

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