A Naples, Florida, father who killed his wife and their five young kids was handed six death sentences in court on Friday.
The Naples Daily News reported that Collier Circuit Judge Christine Greider handed down death sentences to Mesac Damas for slicing the six victims’ throats in September 2009. After the slayings, Damas fled to Haiti but was detained and extradited to the U.S.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Damas pleaded guilty in September to murdering his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, and their five children: Michzach, 9; Marven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3; and Morgan, 1, in their North Naples home.
Mesac never denied his guilt, confessing publically—and to reporters—to carrying out the multiple murders.
Despite his admissions, his case was repeatedly delayed due to questions surrounding his mental competency. A series of out outbursts and Mesac fluctuating weight caused by voluntary fasts raised this question.
“I just want to say I’m truly sorry, especially to the family of my wife,” he said in court in September, according to People.
“I don’t see them here today, but I just want to make sure for the record they know that. I know how much they love their sister, their daughter, their grandchildren. And then I want to make sure that everyone knows that I love them the most.”
Mesac said he confessed to spare the victim’s family from seeing gruesome crime scene photos of his wife and five children, the magazine also reported.
“I just want to show respect for my people that passed away,” he said.
“Let them rest in peace.”
Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said in May that they had a working motive, though he declined to disclose it to reporters. In court, it never became clear why the father of five killed his entire family.
Nevertheless, Mesac maintained that he wished for death so he could be with his family in the afterlife.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Amira Fox said, “From the first day of this case, we thought the death penalty was the appropriate sentence.”
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