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Convicted Murderer Stephen Ressa Receives Sentence

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Six life sentences, up to 900 years in prison and no chance to ever get out. That was the punishment handed down Friday for convicted murderer Stephen Ressa. Ressa caused a terrible car crash in September of 2005.

He was driving on the Strip when he jumped the curb, and mowed down dozens of people, injuring 14 and killing three. He claimed he was trying to destroy devils he had seen.

Friday, Ressa faced his punishment but not before hearing from the families of those he killed.

Scott Kusayangi lost his father Gordon. They were in a cover band and had planned to tour the coast of California. Scott and his sister Sarah say a scheduled performance will still go on Saturday. Only this time, like so many over the last two years, their father Gordon won't be there.

"It's this huge bittersweet memory I'm gonna have now for the rest of my life. He should have been there. He would have been there, and he would have been phenomenal," said Scott.

"Today marks the end of a journey that not one of us chose to embark on, but please remember us," said Sarah.

Ressa avoided the death penalty because he pleaded guilty but mentally ill -- a new category. That spared his life in what could have been a death penalty case. He will now be under mental health care the rest of his life while in prison.

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