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Spree killer caught in Granite City to spend life in prison – Belleville News

A spree killer caught in Granite City after eight murders dropped to his knees to apologize as he was sentenced to life in prison in Missouri.

Nicholas Sheley, 38, was convicted of six murders in Illinois and pleaded guilty Wednesday to two more: Tom and Jill Estes, whom Sheley murdered outside a hotel in Festus, Mo., in June 2008.

Wednesday’s hearing was the first time Sheley had spoken publicly. He read a 20-minute statement in which he expressed a desire to go back in time and talk to “the disgruntled young man” that he had been, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He dropped to his knees to apologize for the murders, wept and begged for forgiveness, stating that he hoped “God would use me” to help other prisoners.

Sheley had killed an elderly man in Sterling and four people in Rock Falls, as well as a

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Calif. Mass Killer Sentenced to Life in Prison

Scott Dekraai, who gunned down his ex-wife and seven other people at a Seal Beach beauty salon, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, ending a legal odyssey that sparked a sweeping probe into the misuse of informants in the Orange County jail system.

Dekraai, the worst mass killer in Orange County history, originally faced the death penalty, but Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals removed capital punishment as an option in response to the prosecutorial misconduct allegations stemming from the snitch scandal.

Dekraai was given eight consecutive life sentences — one for each of his victims — plus an additional 232 years to life.

Goethals tried to reassure victims’ relatives in court that sparing Dekraai the death penalty was not a victory for the defendant. The judge told the courtroom that a maximum-security prison is the “definition of hard time.”

Goethals called

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Mass Killer Scott Dekraai Gets Life In Prison In Case Tainted By Government Misconduct

SANTA ANA, Calif. ― Scott Dekraai, the shooter in the worst mass killing in Orange County, California, history, was sentenced on Friday to eight consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than receiving the death penalty, because of government misconduct linked to a jail informant program.

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California mass killer sentenced to life in prison for hair salon attack

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the worst mass killing in Orange County history, the 2011 shooting deaths of eight people at a hair salon where his ex-wife worked.

Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat worker, was spared the death penalty in August when a judge ruled that serious misconduct by Orange County prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial.

“The gates of Hell flew open and you emerged as the face of evil in this community” Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals told Dekraai before pronouncing the sentence, according to the Orange County Register newspaper.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Dekraai attempted to apologize to the husband of one of his victims but was cut off by a member of the audience shouting “Shut up!”

Dekraai was locked in a custody battle

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‘The face of evil’: Worst mass shooter in Orange County history sentenced to life in prison

A former tugboat captain who carried out Orange County’s worst mass shooting was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison Friday for killing eight people at a Seal Beach salon in 2011.

The sentencing of Scott Evans Dekraai, 47, marked an emotional end to a case that has roiled the county’s criminal justice system amid allegations that authorities used a secret network of jailhouse informants to violate inmates’ constitutional rights.

The so-called snitch scandal led Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals last month to block prosecutors from pursuing the death penalty against Dekraai, ruling that the county’s mishandling of information regarding informants would prevent a fair trial. The decision, which followed lengthy hearings that included testimony from Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, was criticized by law enforcement leaders, who said Dekraai deserves to be executed.

“The criminal justice system here in Orange County has largely failed you,” Goethals said

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Worst Mass Killer in OC History Sentenced to Life in Prison for Shooting, Killing 8 in Seal Beach Beauty Salon

Scott Dekraai, who gunned down his ex-wife and seven other people at a Seal Beach beauty salon, was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, ending a legal odyssey that sparked a sweeping probe into the misuse of informants in the Orange County jail system.

Dekraai, the worst mass killer in Orange County history, originally faced the death penalty, but Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals removed capital punishment as an option in response to the prosecutorial misconduct allegations stemming from the snitch scandal.

Dekraai was given eight consecutive life sentences — one for each of his victims — plus an additional 232 years to life.

Goethals tried to reassure victims’ relatives in court that sparing Dekraai the death penalty was not a victory for the defendant. The judge told the courtroom that a maximum-security prison is the “definition of hard time.”

No Death

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Seal Beach mass murderer sentenced to life in prison for salon killings

A California man was sentenced to eight consecutive life terms in prison without parole Friday for killing his ex-wife and seven others in a shooting rampage at the hair salon where she worked.

Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, was sentenced in Orange County for the Oct. 12, 2011 killings to which he pleaded guilty three years ago.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals ruled in August that Dekraai could not receive the death penalty because of misconduct on the part of OC prosecutors and law enforcement. 

At Dekraai’s sentencing hearing, Goethals told the victims’ family and friends gathered in the courtroom, “the criminal justice system here in Orange County has largely failed you.”

Dekraai was also sentenced to seven years to life for the attempted murder of Hattie Stretz, plus additional years for using a gun. Dekraai “would have to serve more than 200 years in prison before he would ever become eligible for

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Worst mass shooter in OC history to be sentenced today to life in prison for Seal Beach salon killings

A former tugboat captain who carried out Orange County’s worst mass shooting when he killed eight people at a Seal Beach salon in 2011 is expected to be sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The hearing for Scott Evans Dekraai, 47, will mark an emotional end to a case that has roiled the county’s criminal justice system amid allegations that authorities used a secret network of jailhouse informants to violate inmates’ constitutional rights.

The so-called snitch scandal led Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals last month to block prosecutors from pursuing the death penalty against Dekraai, ruling that the county’s mishandling of information regarding informants would prevent a fair trial. The decision, which followed lengthy hearings that included testimony from Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, was criticized by law enforcement leaders, who said Dekraai deserves to be executed.

On Oct. 12, 2011, Dekraai walked into the Salon

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-scott-dekraai-sentencing-20170922-story.html

Mass murderer outrages survivors with open letter from prison

One of Australia’s most despised mass murderers, Julian Knight, has taken paper to pen in an open letter from behind bars just days before the 30th anniversary of the Hoddle Street massacre. 

On August 9, 1987, the then 19-year-old Knight went on a killing spree through the streets of Melbourne after downing five pots of beer at a pub near Hoddle Street. 

He had been rejected from the military college at Duntroon and his dreams of being a “war hero” were dashed.  

He chose to take his anger out on the innocent and walked home to his mum’s house on Ramsden Street where he armed himself with three guns before embarking on a 45-minute rampage that left seven people dead and 19 injured. 

Knight penned the four-page open letter from the prison he’s been serving seven life sentences at for his horrific crimes. 

While the letter starts off with an apology from Knight,

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Mass murderer outrages victims with ranting letter written in prison

August 9, 1987 was like any other Sunday night in Melbourne.

That was until Julian Knight carried out his desire to be Australia’s worst mass murderer.

The 19-year-old had been drinking at a pub near Hoddle Street, downing about five pots of beer.

He’d been rejected from the military college at Duntroon, his ambition to be a war hero was gone. But his hunger to kill had grown.

He walked the short distance to his mother’s house on Ramsden Street and armed himself with three guns; a .22 Ruger rifle, a Mossburg pump action shotgun and an M14 military rifle.

He then walked to Hoddle Street, firing at moving cars. The gunfire echoed around the streets.

And so began a 45-minute rampage, that would leave seven people dead, and 19 people injured.

Hoddle Street mass killer Julian Knight leaves the Supreme Court in Melbourne in 2012. (AAP)

Hoddle Street mass killer Julian Knight leaves

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