The Associated Press reports that a jury sentenced 31-year-old Abdullah El-Amin Shareef shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. The jury could have sentenced Shareef to the death penalty.
Shareef was found guilty one week ago of murder and seven other charges, including attempted murder, related to the 40-mile rampage between Fayetteville and Wake County.
Shareef had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorneys have said he suffered from untreated paranoid schizophrenia at the time, and psychologists testified Shareef was psychotic shortly after the incident.
Prosecutors argued that Shareef made "conscious decisions" such as hitting men who were alone and by fleeing to avoid arrest.