DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A 29-year-old Detroit man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for gunning down his 7-year-old daughter, grandmother and aunt at a home in Detroit.
Ferdarius Shine was sentenced on Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. A jury found Shine guilty of first-degree murder earlier this month.
Police said Shine suddenly opened fire at his relatives on the Feb. 15, 2013, at a home on the 13500 block of Winthrop Street, near Greenfield Road on Detroit’s west side. His mother told police he ran from their house following the shootings, screaming that “the devil” made him do it.
He surrendered at a psychiatric hospital the next day and underwent a mental competency exam before his trial.
Shines’ 49-year-old aunt Santangela Williams and his 68-year-old grandmother Geraldine Bates were killed instantly. His daughter, Amera Jones, was hospitalized in critical condition but later died from her injuries.
MLive.com reports Shine declined to speak when given an opportunity during the sentencing hearing.
Shine’s lawyer says mental disease was the cause of his client’s violence.
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