Man Gets Life in Prison for Killing Famliy

James Larry plead guilty to the murder of five family members and was sentenced today to life in prison

By Britni Day
|  Wednesday, May 4, 2011  |  Updated 5:52 PM CDT
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Man Gets Life in Prison for Killing Famliy

James Larry

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A 33-year-old man has been sentenced today to life in prison without parole for killing five of his family members.

James Larry plead guilty last month for the April 13, 2010 murder and attempted murder of his family members at his sister's home, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced.

Larry went on a shooting spree inside his sister's home at the 7200 block of South Mozart Avenue. Killed in the massacre were Larry's pregnant wife, Twanda Thompson, 19; their 7-month-old son, Jihad Larry; his two nieces, pregnant high school student Keyshai Fields; 3-year-old Keleasha Larry; and Leona Larry, 57, his mother. The two unborn children in the incident did not survive. 

Larry critically wounded his 13-year-old nephew Demond Larry and fired at his 13-year-old niece as she fled the home. He also attempted to shoot Torino Hill who lived in the basement of the home, but no bullets fired. 

Chicago Police apprehended Larry after he fled the scene on foot.  Larry told police that "Allah" told him to kill his family and he was sorry that he ran out of bullets. 

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