An 18-year-old from Alabama has been handed a life sentence for the murder of his five family members in 2019.
Who is Mason Sisk?
Mason Sisk, who was 14 years old at the time of the heinous act, fatally shot his parents and three younger siblings in Elkmont, Alabama, on September 2, 2019.
The sentencing, which took place on Thursday, was delivered by Limestone County Circuit Judge Chad Wise, who characterized the crime as “ghastly, disturbing, and draped in unmitigated evil.”
Sisk was found guilty of four counts of capital murder for the deaths of his father, John Sisk, aged 38, adoptive mother, Mary Sisk, aged 35, and younger siblings Kane, aged 6, Rorrie, aged 4, and Colson, just 6 months old. The jury reached its verdict in under two hours.
Because Sisk was below the age of 18 when he committed the murders, he was not eligible for the death penalty.
During the sentencing, family members of the victims provided victim impact statements in July. Mary Sisk’s brother, Douglas Prater, recounted the tragic loss and how gifts meant for the family had to be placed in caskets instead.
Another family member, Katie, addressed Mason, stating that their grandmother initially couldn’t believe he was the perpetrator until the evidence became undeniable. She expressed grief over the loss of the Mason they once knew.
A friend of John Sisk referred to Mason as a “nerdy kid” who kept to himself. While there were allegations of mistreatment by John, it was pointed out that Mason took out his anger on the entire family.
Video footage of Sisk’s confession revealed that he committed the murders because he was “fed up” with the constant family conflicts. The trial featured 31 witnesses, and jurors heard testimony from state witness investigator Johnny Morrell, who discussed the case’s evidence and Sisk’s confession, which came after extended questioning by former Sheriff Mike Blakely.