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Suspect in murder of 8 in Appomattox to spend life in prison

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APPOMATTOX, VA (WWBT) -

A guilty plea and sentence in the murders of eight people at an Appomattox home. Christopher Speight will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Speight has been in custody since the January 2010 murders - four of them members of his family.

After hearing from the victims' families late Friday afternoon, Speight was given five life sentences, plus 18 years.

He pled guilty to nine charges, including three counts of capital murder. Those murders shocked the quiet Appomattox community.

Speight's sister, her husband and their two children were found shot to death at the rural home they shared. Also victims that day: two neighbors, their teenage daughter and a teenage boy.

What followed was a manhunt on the ground and in the air. Police say Speight shot at a police helicopter. It was hit seven times by a high-powered rifle, and had to do an emergency landing in a field.

Speight was arrested the next day.

In addition to the capital murder charges, Christopher Speight also pled guilty to one count of attempted capital murder of a police officer and five firearms counts.

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