Man Sentenced to Life in Prison in Connection with Nursing Home Shooting Spree

Jurors have found a North Carolina man guilty of eight counts of second-degree murder after deliberating for eight hours over two days. The 47-year-old man was then sentenced to eight consecutive sentences which will amount to life in prison.

One woman, whose mother one of the victims, shook as she testified at a sentencing hearing after the verdict that his actions had a lasting effect on her five children, grandchildren and a great-grandchild she will never meet. In all, nine family members testified about the people they lost in the violent shooting which took place at a health and rehabilitation center in March of 2009. The victims included a 98-year-old who was scheduled to be discharged home the next day. Her daughter said when she died she remained independent to the end.

Prosecutors had argued that the man went to the center armed with four firearms to find his estranged wife who had left him about two weeks earlier. Not finding her, he unleashed his anger on staff and residents, only stopping after being shot in the chest by police. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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