Trey Eric Sesler

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Trey Sesler
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Trey Eric Sesler

(1989-08-03) August 3, 1989 (age 29)
ResidenceWaller, Texas, U.S.
Other namesMr. Anime
EducationWaller High School (Graduated)
Blinn College (Graduated)
Known forYouTube
Parent(s)Ronda Wyse Sesler (Mother)
Lawton Ray Sesler (father)
MotiveSparing his parents from learning about his plan of a massacre
Criminal charge
PenaltyLife sentence without parole, or appeal
DateMarch 21, 2012
Target(s)Waller High School[1]
Date apprehended
March 21, 2012 (2012-03-21)
Imprisoned atMcConnell Unit[2](2012-2014)
Terrell Unit (2014-present)[3]
YouTube information
Also known asMr. Anime
Years active2006-2012
(January 23, 2018)
Total views3,143,987
(January 23, 2018)

Trey Eric Sesler (born August 3, 1989), also known as Mr. Anime, is an American convicted murderer and former YouTube personality. On March 21, 2012, Sesler murdered his parents and brother using a firearm. He also planned to start a mass shooting at Waller High School.[1] He has been serving a life sentence since August 2012.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sesler was born on August 3, 1989. He attended Waller High School and Blinn College in his youth.[4] He began his YouTube channel, "LensCapProductions," on September 14, 2006.[5] On his channel, Trey posted mainly anime and gaming reviews, some videos featuring his pets and brother.[citation needed]

On December 27, 2011, Sesler announced via his YouTube channel that he had been diagnosed with a pneumothorax.[6] Following this video, he started a new section where he would talk about mass shootings in the United States. He also started using real guns in his videos, both in comedy videos and demonstrations.



Almost a year prior to the murders, Sesler started preparing for the attacks by killing several families pets as target practice. During the night hours, Trey would start shooting at several buildings, including the school itself.[1] On February 13, 2012, Sesler posted a video called, "Mr. Anime is Planning Something."[6] Though he didn't say what he was planning, he said he was rewarding himself with a couple of weeks break from his YouTube activities. In the last video uploaded on March 13, 2012, Trey mentioned he had received a "full-time job" that would prevent him from posting videos as often. The video ended with Trey thanking his fans and subscribers, saying he had the "best 6 years."[citation needed]

Attack on family[edit]

In the early morning of March 21, 2012, Sessler lured his mother into their garage, where he shot her four times in the chest area.[citation needed] From here, he proceeded through the house and shot his brother. His father, Lawton Sesler, was awoken by the shots and entered the room half-asleep.[citation needed] Trey also proceeded to kill his father before shooting his brother and mother again as to confirm their deaths, saying later in the police interrogation, "I don't want anyone to be suffering, laying on the floor for hours, moaning and groaning."[7] He used a high powered rifle in the attacks.[8]

Planned attack at Waller High School[edit]

Sesler then walked down the block to Waller High School. According to police, Sesler was armed with a rifle and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.[citation needed] His goal was to kill 70 students at the homecoming game by creeping onto the field and into the stands.[citation needed] For reasons unknown, Trey decided not to start the shooting, and instead headed to a friend's house, where he was later arrested by Waller police.[citation needed]


Waller police described the Sesler house as a "war zone."[citation needed] The house had been torn apart by Trey, covered with shattered glass and broken furniture.[citation needed] The walls and doors were covered with writing by Trey, saying things such as,

"Why do did I do this? I love my family very much."

"I love my father, brother, and mother. God forgive me because I cannot forgive myself."[citation needed]

In the full interrogation report, Trey explained that he murdered his family as to prevent them from finding out the truth of his massacre and living with their guilt of what happened. The investigators found it disturbing that he seemed to want to know more details of the autopsy report, including which shots killed his family.[citation needed] In August 2012, Trey received a life sentence without parole.[citation needed]

On February 23, 2014, Trey was transferred to Terrell Unit.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Authorities: Man admits he killed 3 family members". March 23, 2012. Archived from the original on November 12, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Trey Eric Sesler - Texas Prison Inmates". The Texas Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-10-15. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2019-04-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Sonia Smith (21 January 2013). "Disturbing New Details Emerge about Man Arrested in Family's Murder". Archived from the original on 13 October 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  5. ^ "LensCapProductions". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2018-01-02. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  6. ^ a b Michael Hall (21 January 2013). ""Mr. Anime is Planning Something"". Archived from the original on 31 March 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  7. ^ nignug gaa (1 October 2012). "Trey Sesler's Confession (Lencapproductions / Mr Anime)". Archived from the original on 29 July 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2018 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Connelly, Richard (2012-03-21). "Trey Eric Sesler: YouTube Film Critic "Mr. Anime" Accused Of Killing Three Family Members". Houston Press. Retrieved 2019-04-13.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-30. Retrieved 2019-04-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)