Mesac Damas’ case has dragged on for nearly eight years, marked by matches and stops — a visit to a state psychological hospital, a rotating door of public defenders and challenges to the state’s dying penalty regulation. This can be a timeline of the case.
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If Mesac Damas is sentenced to demise 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 arduous and emotionally draining existence, with the prospect of demise all the time looming.
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More than eight years after Damas, 41, burst into his North Naples town house and sliced the throats of his wife, Guerline Dieu Damas, and their five young children, Collier Circuit Judge Christine Greider is scheduled to sentence him at 9 a.m. Friday to either life behind bars or death.
Either way, Damas will not leave Florida’s prison system alive.
Last month Damas pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder, waiving his right to have a jury. He has repeatedly said he wants to be executed.
“We all have different opinions of what should happen,” Mackindy Dieu, the brother of Guerline Dieu Damas and uncle to her five children, said of his family members’ desires for justice. “My hope is the court will make a decision based on the crime that was committed, and the harshest punishment is my hope.
“Regardless of what his sentence is (Friday), they can’t restore our losses and answer all the questions we have and make sense of what happened. Ultimately, there is no win here.”
In this 2009 video, Mesac Damas confessed publicly to killing his five children and wife in North Naples, and told the Naples Daily News he wants to die and go to heaven.
Reached at his East Naples home Thursday and asked about his son’s fate, Mesac Damas’ father, Jean, said only, “God knows. God knows.”
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With no jury, it is up to Greider alone to weigh the facts of the case — including evidence prosecutors presented earlier this week to show the killings were especially heinous and atrocious, as well as cold, calculated and premeditated — with evidence about Damas’ mental state and upbringing.
However, Damas waived his right to have mitigating evidence and testimony from defense experts introduced on his behalf, so it’s unclear what exactly Greider will consider.
“You have someone essentially signing up for suicide,” said Craig Trocino, director of the Miami…