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A judge lashed out at a North Carolina man as he sentenced him to life in jail for murdering his neighbor and his family.
Jonathan Sander was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for the triple murder of his neighbors who had accused him of child molestation following an ongoing feud.
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He was convicted on April 8 of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of Sandy Mazzella, his wife Stephenie Mazzella, and Sandy's mother Elaine Mazzella.
In recorded footage after the shootings, Sander told a sheriff’s detective that he shot Sandy Mazzella for 'revenge' so that 'his family would be hurt like my family.'
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Judge Graham Shirley cut Sander off on Monday when he began addressing jurors directly after sentencing him.
The judge grew particularly irritated when Sal Mazzella, the father of Sandy and husband of Elaine, became emotional during his victim impact statement and Sander mockingly clapped his hands at his remarks.
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Judge Shirley told him that he likely would have faced only a 16 to 29-month sentence for indecent liberties with a child, and even that would have been served as probation given his lack of a prior criminal record.
In footage of the hearing obtained by WLOS, Judge Shirley told him: 'You sir are going to be housed with the most violent criminals in this state.
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'People who have committed murder but have not been sentenced to death who are meaner and more violent than you.
He added: 'When you lay your head on your pillow tonight and you hear that iron lock click for the first night of your first time in Central Prison, when the lights go dark, I want you to think about that two minute period that was described in which you ruined the lives of not only your family but the Mazellas.'
Shirley said that he had...
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