NC Man Convicted Of Murder Sentenced To Life

A North Carolina man convicted of five counts of first-degree murder has been sentenced to life in prison.

Multiple media sources reported that the jury in 33-year-old Samuel J. Cooper's murder trial in Raleigh returned the decision Tuesday after deliberating for four days.

At least once, jurors asked the judge whether they had to be unanimous for a life sentence. The judge told them that they needed to agree on a sentence, and if they couldn't, he would impose a life sentence.

Cooper was arrested in November 2007 and accused of robbing a Garner bank. At the time, investigators found a 9 mm handgun that was linked to a string of seemingly unrelated slayings that happened in a 17-month period in 2006 and 2007.


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  • by Pat Location: Kinston on Apr 21, 2010 at 01:23 PM
    I have read your comments about him getting the death penalty. Do you realize right now there has not been anyone put do death in NC in almost 3 or 4 years. Yes they are still on death row but no one put to death. The doctors in this state will not be party to it because it's against there oath to "preserve live". Yes, the good citizens of NC will have to pay for this man to stay alive in our prisons but he will not be on the street and we will not have to pay for all the appeals because of the death penalty conviction. I agree that it's a no win situation but it's the one we have. He will be housed in a closed custody prison, in a single cell and he will not be able to eat when he wants... bla bla bla. Most people think prisoners have to many rights, I may agree, but it is the system that we have so the "inmates" civil rights are protected.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:10 PM
    Every juror on that case should be sued by this killers victims for mental abuse.I sincerely hope those 12 yellowbellied spineless jellyfish excuses for humans can live with their decision.I hope it haunts them every day of their miserable lives!And the judge too, as he could have reversed the decision, since he had a jury of pathetic losers!
  • by Wilma on Apr 21, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    To "COME ON" @ 10:57 AM........You are quite the apologist now aren't you? Regardless of whether it was one murder or 5 murders, you are okay with him living the rest of his life free of charge, and with little to no effort or production in society? Put it this way, the gun he was linked to was responsible for four other murders....does that not count for something? Save my money. Stop with the free rides in prison. Eliminate him.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Apr 21, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    besides just getting to live his life!! why was he out anyway??? look at his record. no consequences anymore. 3 hots and a cot and yes the oringinal free health care bill PRISON "' THE TAXPAYER "'
  • by Tax Payer since age 15 Location: Farmville on Apr 21, 2010 at 09:01 AM
    That juror should have to personally pay Cooper's prison bill for the rest of her life! How would she feel if one of his victims was one of her family members? I honestly believe that God should be the one to decide when a person's time is up, but Cooper doesn't live under the same God I do! He's a devil and should be sent to Hell immediately!
  • by cowards on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    This man should be executed for his murders. And people wonder why the crime rates are still going up. Maybe it's because criminals know they won't get the punishments they really deserve. This man obviously did what he did, and would kill again (if not in prison). Executions should be public and prompt. Of course murder, etc, wouldn't stop altogether, but I bet the crime rates would go down a lot!
  • by COME ON on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    THE STORY SAID investigators found a 9 mm handgun (((that was linked))) to a string of seemingly unrelated slayings that happened in a 17-month period in 2006 and 2007. doesn't mean he killed only means the gun was linked that he may have got from someone else theres no telling who used the gun before he did.
  • by PATTY Location: GREENVILLE on Apr 21, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    HE KILLED 5 PEOPLE FOR ROBBERY.. WHY IS HE STILL LIVING FOR US TO FEED. HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU HAVE TO KILL TO GET THE DEATH PENALTY?? THIS IS LIKE SAYING THE 5 PEOPLE WHO WHERE KILLED DID NOT COUNT..AND THEY DID TO THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES. THEY WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH WHAT HE DID FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES AND HE WILL BE OUT IN 7 YEARS IF THAT TO KILL AGAIN.
  • by kelly Location: wilson on Apr 21, 2010 at 06:05 AM
    another worthless piece of trash that i have got to pay for. ,why get life? the victim doesn't have a life, now does he? this is whats wrong with our system now, a good slap on this wrist.
  • by Wilma on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    No Carl, 5 murders is only a life sentence.....He knew he would get free everything up to that 5 murder quota. (Note sarcasm please). The legal system is a complete mess and an embarrassment to the good people of this world.
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