NORWALK, Calif. – A man who killed five of his children by lighting a charcoal grill inside his home and closing all the doors and windows was spared the death penalty by a jury Monday.
The jury decided Adair Javier Garcia (search), 33, should be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Garcia was convicted of murder charges last month. Prosecutors said he tried to kill himself and his six children in 2002 to spite his wife, who had left him.
In a goodbye video to his wife, he said: "I just want to let you know this is the only option available. You've broken me. You don't care, so I don't care. ... What I'm about to commit is the most cowardly, selfish act possible."
The children, ages 2 to 10, were asphyxiated by the carbon monoxide. Garcia and his then-9-year-old daughter survived.
"I believe he should have had the death penalty for taking the lives of five children," said their uncle, Art Arreola (search). "He doesn't deserve to be on the face of this earth."