Published October 14, 2008
MIAMI – Convicted killer Kirby Archer will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering four people during last year's hijacking of the "Joe Cool" charter boat.
As tearful family members and friends of the victims looked on, Judge Paul Huck sentenced Archer to five consecutive life terms Tuesday.
The 36-year-old Archer pleaded guilty in July to first-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping and hijacking the boat.
The plea spared Archer a possible death penalty, although Archer admitted in court that he deserves to die.
Prosecutors say Archer hijacked the boat to escape child molestation and theft investigations in Arkansas.
A mistrial was declared earlier this month for a second man accused in the slayings. Guillermo Zarabozo's second trial is set for January.