Man Who Killed 8 in Hair Salon Rampage Sentenced

Scott Dekraai sentenced to life in prison
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 22, 2017 3:44 PM CDT
Man Who Killed 8 in Hair Salon Rampage Sentenced
In this March 18, 2014, file photo, Scott Dekraai appears in court in Santa Ana, Calif. Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, faces life in prison when he's sentenced Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in an Orange County courtroom.   (Mark Boster)

A California man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his ex-wife and seven others in a 2011 shooting rampage at the hair salon where she worked. Scott Dekraai, a 47-year-old former tugboat operator, received eight consecutive life terms in a courtroom packed with victims' relatives who wore buttons and shirts printed with photos of those killed, the AP reports. Many sobbed and spoke of their devastating loss. Others told Dekraai they hoped he would rot in prison. Dekraai told the families he knew his words would never suffice but apologized for what he said was "a total loss of self-control." Dekraai pleaded guilty three years ago but his case dragged on for years due to a scandal over authorities' use of informants to cull information from Dekraai and others housed in Orange County jails.

Dekraai pleaded guilty to eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, for which he received a term of seven years to life. He got 25 years to life for a gun enhancement on each of nine counts. He had been locked in a custody dispute with ex-wife Michelle Fournier over their 8-year-old son when he entered Salon Meritage in Seal Beach wearing a bulletproof vest and armed with three weapons. Dekraai shot and killed Fournier before turning his guns on the salon owner, stylists and customers, and a man sitting in his car in the parking lot. He was arrested within minutes of the rampage. Relatives of the victims have been exhausted by the delays in the case. Some said they wanted prosecutors to agree to a life sentence for Dekraai to avoid years of appeals. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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