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.