A guy from Ohio was sentenced to life in prison on Monday after being found guilty of conspiring with family members to murder eight rival family members.
In connection with the 2016 murders of the Rhoden family in Piketon, Ohio, George Wagner IV, 31, was the third member of the Wagner family to receive his sentence.
On eight counts of murder and 14 lesser offenses, Wagner was found guilty in November.
The area was shaken by the 2016 execution-style murders in southern Ohio.
Many people thought the Wagners were connected to the cocaine cartel before they were apprehended in 2018.
Last year, Jake, Wagner’s older brother, and their mother, Angela, admitted to participating in the atrocities.
The victims of the attack included Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40, his ex-wife Dana Rhoden, 37, their three children Clarence, 20, Hanna, 19, and Christopher Jr., 16, as well as Christopher Sr’s brother Kenneth, 44, Hanna Gilley, 20, Clarence’s fiancée, and Gary Rhoden, 38.
Hanna Rhoden and Jake Wagner had a child together.
According to police, the Wagner family plotted to assassinate anyone who might try to take custody of that youngster.
“We are all in pain, constantly grieving, and will be without children forever! All because, like you, George Wagner IV and your evil family did, devils enjoy the darkness and hunt at night, Andrea Shoemaker, Gilley’s mother, explained.
George Wagner IV testified that he was unaware of the conspiracy and that, if he had been, he would have stopped it.
Jake and Angela Wagner, who testified against him, claimed that George IV was fully aware of the scheme.
Because his mother and brother accepted plea agreements that kept the entire family off death row, Wagner was not eligible for the death penalty.
George III, a fourth Wagner, is awaiting trial. He has asserted his innocence of all involved in the massacre.