Teenager Sentenced to Life for Horrific Family Murders Deemed 'Draped in Unmitigated Evil’

Sep 12, 2023, 11:00 AM

A boy who committed a horrifying act by murdering five members of his family, including an infant and two young children, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge characterized the crime as "draped in unmitigated evil."

Mason, who was just 14 years old at the time, fatally shot each family member in the head at their Elkmont home. The victims were John Wayne Sisk, 38, his wife Mary Sisk, 35, and their children: 6-year-old Grayson, 4-year-old Aurora, and 6-month-old Colson.

Initially, Mason claimed that he was playing video games in the basement on September 2, 2019, when he heard gunshots and saw a car driving away. However, he later confessed to the murders, providing detectives with a potential motive during a preliminary hearing.

Now 18 years old, Mason received his sentence after an Alabama jury found him guilty in April of multiple charges of capital murder for the 2019 slayings of his father, stepmother, and three younger siblings. Due to his age at the time of the crimes, Mason was spared the death penalty.

Circuit Judge Chadwick Wise deemed Mason's offense as "ghastly, disturbing, and draped in unmitigated evil," justifying the harshest punishment allowed by law. Mason showed no clear reaction to the sentence and did not make a statement in court.

Following the judgment, Brian C.T. Jones, the district attorney for Limestone County, issued a written statement to the media, expressing deep concern about the defendant, stating, "I've prosecuted a lot of people in my career, and I can tell you that out of all of those people, only four out of five people scare the hell out of me, and he's at the top of my list."
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