Uber killer gets life without parole for six shootings

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Uber killer gets life without parole for six shootings


Jason Dalton was sentenced yesterday in Kalamazoo County court (stock photo)
Jason Dalton was sentenced yesterday in Kalamazoo County court (stock photo)

A Michigan man who fatally shot six strangers in between picking up passengers for Uber has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Jason Dalton was sentenced yesterday in Kalamazoo County court. He pleaded guilty to murder last month, just as jury selection in his trial was about to begin.

The 48-year-old admitted shooting eight people in three locations in the Kalamazoo area in February 2016. Four women, a man and a 17-year-old boy were killed in what appeared to be a random spree. Two others were injured.

After Dalton’s arrest , police quoted him as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him on the day of the shootings.

Relatives of the victims told him they believe he is destined for greater punishment.

Laurie Smith told Dalton during his sentencing hearing that he will face “the ultimate judgment” from God after he dies. Smith lost her husband and son in the shootings.

Michigan has no death penalty, so he received the mandatory life sentence.

Prosecutor Jeff Getting said he’s glad Dalton is being locked up but he wishes “somehow (the sentence) could be more.”

Dalton told a judge last month that he had wanted to plead guilty “for quite a while.” Defence lawyer Eusebio Solis said he advised Dalton against it but added his client wanted to spare the victims’ families more grief.

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Irish Independent

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