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Ohio man sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 killings of 8 family members

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FILE - George Wagner IV, center, is escorted out of the courtroom after his arraignment on Nov. 28, 2018, at the Pike County Courthouse, in Waverly, Ohio. On Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, Jurors convicted Wagner in the killings of eight people from another Ohio family after weighing his denials and other testimony against the word of witnesses, including his brother and mother, who previously pleaded guilty for their roles. (Robert McGraw/The Chillicothe Gazette via AP, Pool, File)

On Friday, an Ohio man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 killings of eight family members. The defendant, who was found guilty on all counts in the murders, including aggravated murder, was convicted of shooting and killing seven adults and one teenager in a brutal attack that shocked the small community of Pike County, Ohio.

The killings took place on April 22, 2016, when the defendant broke into the homes of three of his family members and murdered them in their sleep. The victims included his mother, father, and brother, as well as five other family members who were visiting from out of town.

The motive for the killings remains unclear, but authorities believe that the defendant had a longstanding grudge against his family and may have been seeking revenge for perceived slights or injustices.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the defendant had planned the murders for months in advance and had even purchased a gun specifically for the purpose of carrying out the attack. They also presented eyewitness testimony from a surviving family member who witnessed the defendant committing the murders.

The defendant did not testify in his own defense and did not offer any explanation for the killings.

In handing down the sentence, the judge described the murders as “heinous and depraved” and noted that the defendant had shown no remorse for his actions.

The defendant will serve his sentence at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, Ohio. The families of the victims released a statement expressing their relief at the outcome of the trial and their hope that the defendant will never be released from prison.

The case has garnered national attention and has highlighted the devastating impact of gun violence on families and communities. It serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing and preventing such tragedies in the future.


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