Georgia spa mass shooter Robert Aaron Long on Tuesday pleaded guilty to four out of the eight murders — blaming the slaughter on a drunken, suicidal shame triggered when his roommate caught him watching porn.
Wearing a white button-down shirt and slacks and sporting a mohawk haircut, Long, 22, pleaded guilty in Cherokee County Superior Court to all four murders at Youngs Asian Massage in Woodstock, the first part of a shocking shooting spree in March.
He accepted a deal of four life sentences without the possibility of parole, to be served consecutively, plus 35 years on other charges.
Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty if he did not plead guilty — a capital sentence he still faces if convicted for the other four murders in Atlanta at two spas he shot up after Youngs.
“Since that day, my office has been in regular contact with those individuals who’ve been most impacted by this senseless and devastating attack — the surviving victims and the family members of those murdered individuals,” Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace said at a news conference.
“They have been clear and united in their measure — justice and closure are needed now,” Wallace said.
She said her office had been prepared to seek the death penalty at trial but said the families “made it clear that their desire was for us to resolve this case short of trial.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Lee Brown and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon