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Man Who Killed Parents Sentenced To Life

FORT PIERCE, Fla., Sept. 1 (UPI) — A Fort Pierce, Fla., man Wednesday began a life prison term for the 2007 killing of his parents despite claims his father repeatedly raped him.

Jacob Brighton, 20, was sentenced immediately after the jury returned its verdict Wednesday.

Throughout the eight-day trial, the defense maintained that Brighton’s father, Richard, repeatedly raped him from the age of 9, leading to the 2007 shooting of his parents, reported.

“There’s more to the story,” said defense attorney Marc Shiner during closing arguments. “What’s going on in that house? It’s a horror house. What happens to a kid who grows up in a house of horrors?”

Yet, the prosecutors concluded Brighton was a smart, manipulative 16-year-old at the time of the murders, acting out because his parents grounded him for the summer.

“This man is a murderer,” Chief Assistant State Attorney Tom Bakkedahl told jurors. “With calculation, premeditation and malice in his heart he ambushed [his parents] and executed them like the coward he said he was. Not only does he execute them, he comes into this court and assassinates their character.”

“And we’ve had to listen for two weeks while our family’s name has been destroyed. I’m glad he got a fair trial. He got what he deserved,” said Sherry Elisa Brighton, Richard Brighton’s niece, to Circuit Judge Gary Sweet.

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