Appomattox Locals React to Sentence

Appomattox, VA - Christopher Speight, the man who shot and killed eight people in Appomattox in 2010, was sentenced to life in prison Friday.

Three years has done little to lessen the pain of a tight knit community. Almost everyone this neighborhood say knew one of the victims. The reports from that day still ring fresh in their minds.

"It's like anxiety almost, riding past that house. You're looking around, like how did that happen?, Whitney Mason said. "This close to home, how did that happen?"

The murders of the eight people, just down the road from where Whitney Mason spends her weekends, are still fresh on her mind.

"I still can't believe that someone could just take 8 lives," Mason said.

On January 19, 2010, Jonathan Quarles, Karen Quarles, Emily Quarles, Ronald Scruggs, II, Joshua Sipe, Dwane Sipe, Lauralee Sipe, and Morgan Dobyns, were all killed at a home in Appomattox.

Many along Snapps Mill Road were home when the shooting happened.

"I was pulling into my driveway and I heard gun shots, and I'm like 'boy that's strange it's not even hunting season," DePalmer

A little while later, word began to spread.

With a helicopter circling overhead, DePalmer knew something serious was going on.

"Made you feel kind of odd, because at that time you knew that somebody was probably getting shot when I heard the gunshots."

DePalmer's daughter knew several of the victims.

"I never thought that something like that would happen in Appomattox, in this small town community," DePalmer said.

While everyone in this neighborhood is glad Speight is behind bars, there are disagreements over the sentencing.

"He should have gotten the death penalty," DePalmer said.

"I don't believe in the death penalty," Mason said.