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He murdered a family days before Christmas in New York. Then told a judge he did 'nothing wrong.'

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Source: MEGA; Troy police

Jan. 22 2022, Published 9:15 a.m. ET

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Four days before Christmas, a New York man robbed and tortured a family before killing them.

Now, he will remain behind bars for the rest of his life.

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Recently, Rensselaer County Court Judge Debra Young handed James White a life term without the possibility of parole for the quadruple homicide of Brandi Mells, 22, Shanta Myers, 36, Shanice Myers, 5, and Jeremiah Myers, 11.

White was found guilty and convicted by a jury of 13 counts of murder, burglary, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon after a five-week trial and two days deliberation.

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On Dec. 21, 2017, White, with his friend and co-defendant, Justin Mann, went to the family’s Lansingburgh residence to steal a television and video games. Mann testified White threatened him with a knife and ordered him to tie up the children and adults.

However, the defendant — who represented himself during the trial — claimed Mann murdered the family while he waited outside. During cross-examination by White, Mann told the court he does not recall a lot of his previous testimonies to the police. The trial’s atmosphere had become tense at some point, with the defendant accusing his friend of having a convenient lapse of memory. As a result, Young held the defendant in contempt of court a couple of times for his outburst.

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Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew Hauf, tearfully expressed his emotions as he read statements from the victim’s family during the victim impact statements. He stated the quadruple homicide was not an easy case to work on, and the event had shaken the community.

“Its is a relief to know that there is no threat that [White] can hurt anyone else in Rensselaer County ever again,” said District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly, who described White as an example of evil living in our community, according to News 10.

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Young told the court White had no remorse while blaming his co-defendants for his actions.

"I have no remorse, because I did nothing wrong," White told the judge, according to

Mann accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

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Source: MEGA; Troy police

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