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Judge sentences mass murderer to 6 life terms

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Moss was found guilty by a jury in November 2013. Moss was found guilty by a jury in November 2013.
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LINCOLN COUNTY, TN (WAFF) -

The man convicted of killing six people was sentenced to six consecutive life terms Tuesday afternoon.

In November, Zakkawanda Moss was convicted by a Lincoln County jury of the murder of six people in Alabama and Tennessee. The jury deliberations lasted less than two hours.

The murders happened in October of 2012. The other man charged in the killings, Henry Burrell, is set to go to trial in February.

Several people closely involved in the case went before the judge Tuesday to lay out their feelings on what should happen to Moss. Friends and family members of the victims spoke of loved ones lost.

Warren Crutcher's aunt testified that she warned him several times to get away from the drug business, saying he'd end up dead or in jail. She said despite his history, no one deserves to die the way he did.

Perhaps the most chilling testimony came from Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder. He described what he saw at the three crime scenes. Six people, including an unborn child and a toddler, were stomped, beaten, shot, or drowned.

After a short recess, the judge in the case said "These killings were as senseless and barbaric as I've ever seen... There is nothing I can do to bring these people [the victims] back, but I can protect the public."

Family members were emotional following the reading of the sentence. The mothers of Chebreya Campbell, Jessica Brown and Amber McCaulley took the stand to tell Judge Durard why Moss deserved six life sentences. They were thrilled when the judge granted that request.

Some called it closure, others a sense of peace. Regardless, Campbell's mother said she knows all the victims are looking down and smiling. 

District Attorney Rob Carter said he firmly believes the sentence will hold up in appeals court. "Those are the type of folks that do not, should not have to put up and live with what happened in this case," he said.

Carter said he thinks the other man accused of the murders, Henry Burrell, will receive the same outcome.

Click here for a timeline of this story, covering the initial crime through the trial.

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