Jacob Shaffer Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole, Apologizes

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) -- Jacob Shaffer's saga in court is over.  Tuesday, Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

In court, Shaffer said he was sorry for the crime and that he deserves the punishment he's been given.

Shaffer pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of Sidney Wade Dempsey.  He had a brief trial on Monday, which is required by Alabama law for anyone who pleads guilty to capital murder.

A jury found Shaffer guilty on Monday, deliberating for about 30 minutes.

Prosecutors called the crime especially heinous, noting Shaffer used a stun gun to immobilize Dempsey before beating him to death. The body was later found stuffed in a barrel. Authorities said Dempsey worked for a tile company owned by Jacob Shaffer's estranged wife, and he happened to be on site when Shaffer showed up for the beginning of a bloody two-state killing spree that left six people dead.

"He [Shaffer] still has hell to look forward to," said Madison County Assistant District Attorney Jay Town, who prosecuted the case. "What Jacob Shaffer did to Sidney Dempsey was extraordinarily violent... we're obviously pleased for the family of Sidney Dempsey, that they can turn the page on this gruesome chapter for their family."

Jury selection took up much of the morning and the state called just one witness this afternoon.  Brent Patterson, an investigator for the Madison County Sheriff's Office, testified about the facts of the case and Shaffer's arrest.

The defense didn't call any witnesses.

Shaffer is already serving life in prison without parole for killing five people in Tennessee. The other victims included his wife, father-in-law and brother-in-law.  Shaffer pleaded guilty to those murders in July 2011.

Read more background on the Shaffer case on WHNT.com.

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