If Mesac Damas is sentenced to dying Friday for the 2009 murders of his spouse and 5 youngsters, he’ll spend the remainder of his life — years, perhaps even many years — alone in a closet-sized cell in North Florida with no air con and little human interplay.
It’s a bodily onerous and emotionally draining existence, dwelling underneath the ever-current shadow of dying.
Greater than eight years after Damas, forty one, burst into his North Naples townhouse and sliced the throats of his spouse, Guerline Dieu Damas, and their 5 younger youngsters, Collier Circuit Decide Christine Greider is scheduled to condemn him at 9 a.m. Friday to life behind bars or dying.
Both approach, Damas won’t depart Florida’s jail system alive.
Final month Damas pleaded responsible to 6 counts of first-diploma homicide, waiving his proper to have a jury. He has repeatedly stated he needs to be executed.
“All of us have totally different opinions of what ought to occur,” Mackindy Dieu, the brother of Guerline Dieu Damas and uncle to her 5 youngsters, stated of his relations’ wishes for justice. “My hope is the courtroom will decide based mostly on the crime that was dedicated, and the harshest punishment is my hope.
“No matter what his sentence is (Friday), they will’t restore our losses and reply all of the questions we now have and make sense of what occurred. Finally, there isn’t any win right here.”
Reached at his East Naples house Thursday and requested about his son’s destiny, Mesac Damas’ father, Jean, stated solely, “God is aware of. God is aware of.”
With no jury, it’s as much as Greider alone to weigh the information of the case — together with proof prosecutors introduced earlier this week to point out the killings have been particularly heinous and atrocious, in addition to chilly, calculated and premeditated — with proof about Damas’ psychological state and upbringing.
Nevertheless, Damas waived his proper to have mitigating proof and testimony from protection specialists launched on his behalf, so it’s unclear what precisely Greider will contemplate.
“You could have somebody primarily signing up for suicide,” stated Craig Trocino, director of the Miami Regulation Innocence Clinic.
That waiver of mitigating proof is troubling, stated Probability Meyer, a regulation professor at Nova Southeastern College and former lawyer with the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel-South, which represents demise-sentenced defendants in submit-conviction proceedings.
“It definitely makes it extra probably that he’s going to get the dying penalty,” Meyer stated. “We have now an unbalanced scale right here, with just one aspect represented.”
Ideally, the decide would have heard from Damas’ household and pals, and dug deeply into his previous, Meyer stated. Greider heard from solely two protection specialists: a specialist in Afro-Caribbean faith who testified concerning the violent Haitian tradition and religiously confused family Damas was raised in, and a Naples…