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A Milwaukee man was found guilty and sentenced to 205 years for murdering five of his family members Tuesday July, 27. Christopher Stokes, 44, committed the murders in April of 2020 and called police to confess afterwards.

After the shooting, he called 911 and said, “I just massacred my whole family.” When police arrived at the residence, Stokes was sitting on the front steps.

According to CBS 58, Stokes got 105 years of “extended supervision” in addition to the 205 year sentence. That’s 40 years per victim plus an additional five years for the weapons charge.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree reckless homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.

His lawyer Nathan Opland-Dobs thinks his client was not in his right mind during the shooting, saying it’s “not something a sane person, a normal person, would do.”

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Opland-Hobs says Stokes suffers from PTSD after being set on fire by one of his siblings growing up.

The incident occurred near 12th and Hadley reported CBS 58. Police recovered a total of 12 shotgun shells at the scene.

photo of five victims from newscast
Photos of the five victims from WISN newscast

Stokes’ victims were Marcus Stokes, 19, Demetrius Thomas, 14, Tera Agee, 16, Lakeitha Stokes, 17, and Teresa Thomas, 41.

A People article states Stokes’ grandson, 3, witnessed the shootings and asked not to be hurt.

memorial for victims
A memorial for the victims was erected outside the home. From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

People reported Stokes told officers, “Don’t know what in the world came over me. Woke up and just had blood on my mind. Something just wasn’t going right. It was, I don’t know.” In response to his sentence, WITI reports Stokes said, “The reality is, I can’t take it back. I did the ultimate sin… I deserve to be locked up. I deserve everything I get. I’m not asking for no leniency or anything like that. I deserve it. No one in the world should have done what I did.”

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