Los Osos man sentenced in mother’s murder
March 20, 2013
A judge sentenced a Los Osos man on Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison for murdering his mother.
Lisa Van Heuver, 56, died on May 12 from injuries she suffered at the hands of her son Michael Van Heuver, 23, during an altercation on April 27.
Shortly before her son allegedly strangled and killed her, Lisa Van Heuver sent an email to San Luis Obispo County supervisors detailing problems her son had with drug use and asking the supervisors to support Sunny Acres, Dan De Vaul’s 72-acre ranch and sober living facility.
She had taken her son to San Luis Obispo County Mental Health attempting to get him help, but he was quickly released.
“This is a mothers plea to you, help support Sunny Acres for kids like mine,” Lisa Van Heuver wrote in Feb. 2012.
San Luis Obispo County does not have any in house facilities for dual diagnosed patients suffering from mental health illnesses and drug addiction. And while several facilities of this type exist in neighboring counties, the facilities often include higher costs to out of county patients pricing them out of the reach of families like the Van Heuvers.
As the result of his sentence, Michael Van Heuver will spend 15 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.