In the long run, Mesac Damas received the sentence he lengthy has stated he needed for the brutal 2009 killings of his spouse and 5 younger youngsters — demise.
After greater than eight years of heartbreak, irritating authorized delays and Damas’ weird courtroom antics, Collier Circuit Decide Christine Greider on Friday morning lastly sentenced him to dying on every of six counts of first-diploma homicide – one for every of his relations whose throats he viciously and callously sliced late on a September 2009 night time of their North Naples townhouse.
The sentence brings decision to probably the most horrifying Southwest Florida homicide case in current reminiscence.
Together with his guilt by no means actually unsure – Damas confessed to a number of individuals, together with a Day by day Information reporter, within the days after he was situated in Haiti after fleeing the nation – the one actual query was, would he be executed or would he stay out the remainder of his life behind the partitions of a Florida jail?
Dying is what Damas, forty one, has all the time stated he needed – he needed it swiftly, he stated, so he might be a part of his household within the afterlife.
Dying is what prosecutors stated they believed he deserved from the outset.
“From the primary day of this case we thought the demise penalty was the suitable sentence,” Chief Assistant State Lawyer Amira Fox stated after Friday’s listening to.
With their shopper seemingly on a suicide mission, Damas’ courtroom-appointed legal professionals acquired little cooperation from him as they fought to save lots of his life.
Some days he wouldn’t converse to them. He tried to have them faraway from the case so he might symbolize himself. He waived his proper to a jury, or to have mitigating proof introduced on his behalf.
With a 12-individual jury, it solely takes one holdout to keep away from the dying penalty, stated James Ermacora, one among Damas’ two legal professionals. However with Greider as the only reality finder and arbiter of justice, they confronted an uphill battle.
“Realistically, I don’t assume we anticipated it to go a special method,” stated Ermacora, who referred to as the demise penalty a “barbaric anachronism” that serves no societal function.
“If you take a look at this case, when you’ve got the dying penalty and it’s the regulation, it’s exhausting to provide you with a extra compelling case for the imposition of the demise penalty.”
Friday’s listening to, which started shortly after 9 a.m., lasted for 1 ½ hours. Grieder, who solely…