According to court documents Mason Sisk had attempted to murder his stepmother Mary Sisk by putting peanut butter into her coffee as she was highly allergic to nuts
On the day of the murders Mason Sisk would fatally shoot his father John Sisk, 38, adoptive mother Mary Sisk, 35, and half-siblings Kane, six, Rorrie, four, and Colson, six months. All of the victims were fatally shot in the head
Mason Sisk would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole
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Mason Sisk, the north Alabama teenager who killed his adoptive parents and three of his siblings in 2019, was sentenced Thursday to life in state prison without parole by a Limestone County judge.
Sisk, who was 14 at the time of the Sept. 2, 2019, slayings in Elkmont, shot and killed parents Mary Sisk, 35, father John Sisk, 38, and siblings Kane, 6, Rorrie, 4, and Colson, 6 months.
Sisk, 19, was convicted in April of four counts of capital murder
Although he was charged with capital offenses, Sisk was ineligible for the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the killings.
His sentence was not available in court records of Thursday afternoon, but WAAY reported Sisk was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Mary Sisk’s brother, Douglas Prater, recalled during his impact victim statement in July how he came home with gifts for everyone, including Sisk, on the day of the murders – gifts that eventually went into caskets.
Other family members recounted how Mary Sisk was about to seek a doctorate at the time of her death. They recalled Sisk’s adoptive grandmother, who died recently of a heart attack, described as Sisk’s “one supporter.”
“My family has suffered so much,” Prater said.
“We haven’t been able to rest for years because of what you did. You were accepted into our family. Since you were four. I remember driving you to get video games, basketball practice. You’re in our family photos and that’s all we have left to remember our family by.”
“I do not know if I will ever forgive you, but I do grieve the loss of you. The child Mason that I knew died the day you murdered them,” Mary’s sister Katie said.
Charles Holladay, a witness for the defense, asked the judge to give Sisk a chance at rehabilitation.
“I don’t believe he did what he’s been convicted of doing,” Holladay said. “I don’t think he should be locked up at all.”
In Sisk’s first trial, Wise ordered a mistrial last year after a large amount of information from the cellphone of Mary Sisk became available to both parties during the trial
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An Alabama teenager has been convicted of killing five family members, including three young siblings, when he was 14 years old.
A jury deliberated for two hours Thursday before finding Mason Sisk, now 18, guilty of multiple counts of capital murder for the 2019 slayings. All five were shot in the head at their home in Elkmont. The youngest, Colson, was just 6 months old.
Sisk faces life in prison because of his age at the time of the killings. He’ll be sentenced on July 24.
Sisk initially told police he was in the basement playing video games when he heard gunshots and ran outside to see a vehicle pulling away, but he later told investigators he’d killed the five, prosecutors said.
“Yeah, they argue a lot, and I got fed up with it,” Sisk said in a video recording of the questioning. “And the kids were going through a lot.”
His defense attorneys argued the sheriff used manipulative interrogation tactics on a child who was fatigued, sleep deprived and traumatized by what happened, WAAY-TV reported.
John Wayne Sisk, age 38; Mary Sisk, age 35; Kane, age 6; Aurora, age 4; and the infant Colson were killed on Sept. 2, 2019.
The first attempt to prosecute Sisk ended in a mistrial last September after new evidence from Mary Sisk’s cellphone became available.
The Limestone County district attorney said he was pleased with Thursday’s verdict.
“Any life that is lost is horrific, but Mason Sisk killed three children and we wanted to communicate that,” District Attorney Brian C.T. Jones told WHNT-TV.
Defense attorney Shay Golden told the Huntsville TV station that he thinks there were mistakes in the trial, including, “information that we believe to be relevant was never really allowed to be discussed and considered.”
“We just feel like it’s inevitably going to have to be tried again,” Golden told the station.
The slayings rocked the quiet community of Elkmont, a tiny town of 500 residents just northwest of Huntsville and not far from the Alabama-Tennessee border.