George Wagner IV to be sentenced in murders of 8 Rhoden family members

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted in the killings of eight people from another southern Ohio family faces the possibility of life in prison without parole when he’s sentenced.

A judge may hear Monday from relatives of the victims before deciding whether to give 31-year-old George Wagner the possibility of parole.

Wagner denied any knowledge of his family’s involvement in the 2016 shootings of seven adults and a teenager from the Rhoden family.

Prosecutors say Wagner, his brother and their parents plotted the killings amid a dispute over custody of Wagner’s niece.

His brother and mother reached plea deals. His father pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.