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Detroit man gets life sentence for killing family members

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DETROIT (WJBK) -- A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for gunning down his 7-year-old daughter, grandmother and aunt at a home in Detroit.

Ferdarius Shine was sentenced on Wednesday in Wayne County Circuit Court. A jury found Shine guilty of first-degree murder earlier this month.

Police say Shine ran from the house after the Feb. 15, 2013, shootings, screaming that "the devil" made him do it.

He surrendered at a psychiatric hospital the next day and underwent a mental competency exam before his trial.

Shine declined to speak when given an opportunity during the sentencing hearing. Shine's lawyer says mental disease was the cause of his client's violence.

The victims were Shine's daughter, Amera Jones; his 49-year-old aunt, Santangela Williams, and his 68-year-old grandmother, Geraldine Bates.

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