A Milwaukee man has been sentenced to 205 years in prison for fatally shooting five members of his family in a massacre that shocked the nation.
Christopher Stokes, 44, plead guilty to the horrific crimes, which he carried out without explanation in April of last year.
On Tuesday, Stokes spoke to the court prior to his sentencing and stated: ‘I don't know what in the world came over me. I woke up and just had blood on my mind.'
He continued: ‘Something just wasn't going right. I did the ultimate sin… I deserve to be locked up. I deserve everything I get. I'm not asking for leniency or anything like that. No one in the world should have done what I did.'
Stokes was sentenced to 40 years behind bars for each of the five counts of first-degree reckless homicide and an additional five years for possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also given 105 years of extended supervision.
Stokes' attorney had asked for his client to serve just 35 years behind bars, claiming he had sought out mental health treatment a month before the massacre, but in-person sessions had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prosecutors said it was important Stokes never be released from prison, given his unpredictable nature.