EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMan Is Sentenced To Four Life Sentences, Pleads Guilty To Murder Charges
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Reported: Aug. 28, 2013 11:11 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 29, 2013 7:41 AM EDT
Summersville , Nicholas County , West Virginia
James Belknap was sentenced to four life sentences behind bars on Wednesday.
Many family members were present for the sentencing.
Bruce Martin is the father of Amber Martin, one of the four people James Belknap.
"He's sick," said Martin about Belknap, "Anyone who killed those two little kids over a little money and drugs needs help."
Belknap pleaded guilty to killing Martin, Martin's boyfriend Stephen Hendrix, and Hendrix's two children, 6-year-old Dakota and 4-year-old Kaylee.
On Wednesday, Judge Gary Johnson sentenced Belknap to four life sentences without parole and without mercy.
"This is the most serious case that I've ever worked in my career," said Sgt. Andy Evans of the West Virginia State Police.
It was a case with drugs at the center of it.
Police say Belknap was fighting with Hendrix over a drug debt. But instead of getting his money, Belknap shot Martin, Hendrix, and the two children, stripped the bodies, and then threw them over a hill.
"I want everyone to know that this all happened over drug," said Dicie Hamrick, Martin's aunt, "And people that's on drugs please get help before you end up in this situation."
Now as Belknap starts his life in prison, the families and the community can breathe a sigh of relief as justice was served.
"If there's anyone that ever deserved a life without mercy sentence, "said Evans, "It was James Belknap."
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