Robert Hodges, the 32-year-old man from Sacramento California who murdered his children last year has been sentenced to life in prison on Monday, following an agreement with the judge. In an attempt to sway the jury, the Sacramento child slayer asked his family for forgiveness during the trial.
Sacramento Child Slayer Had Money Issues
According to court documents, Robert Hodges was struggling with financial issues and, for more than a year, he contemplated the idea of murdering his family and committing suicide. However, his wife’s family denies the couple is ever having any issues, financial or otherwise.
Roger Kinney, a police sergeant, involved in the Sacramento child slayer case, declared that on the day of the triple homicide, one of Hodges’ neighbors called 911 and told the operator that there might be a case of domestic abuse in process.
Minutes later, the same caller dialed the emergency line saying that something awful might have happened since he could not hear any sound. Kinney said that the call was placed hours before Hodges killed his children.
The man’s affidavit suggests that he assaulted his wife beforehand, the reason why the woman left the apartment. Hours later, using a belt, Hodges strangled his three children, Kelvin Hodges,11, Julie Hodges, 9, and Lucas Hodges, the family’s infant.
Reportedly, the man tried to murder his wife, Mai Hodges that day. Hours later, the Sacramento police entered the apartment only to discover the lifeless bodies of Hodges’ children.
After murdering the little ones, Hodges left his house, only to be found a few hours later by a Highway Patrol Unit. One of his neighbors recalls seeing him leave the house fully composed and not a sign of remorse on his face.
On Monday, a California jury found him guilty on three counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
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