Alabama teenager sentenced to life for killing five family members

Alabama teen Mason Sisk, 18, is sentenced to life in prison for murdering his entire family because he was ‘fed up’: Judge slams him for being ‘draped in unmitigated evil’

An Alabama teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his five family members in 2019 because he was ‘fed up’ with them.

Mason Sisk, 18, shot his parents and three younger siblings in the head on September 2, 2019 in Elkmont, Alabama. 

The teenage-killer who was 14 at the time of his brutal crime received his sentence on Thursday by the Limestone County Circuit Judge Chad Wise.

The judge said the crime was ‘ghastly, disturbing and draped in unmitigated evil.’ 

The life sentence came after Sisk was convicted of four counts of capital murder for killing his father John Sisk, 38, adoptive mother Mary Sisk, 35, and younger siblings Kane, 6, Rorrie, 4, and Colson, 6 months. The jury had deliberated for less than two hours.

Mason Sisk, 18, was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison for murdering his five family members in 2019

John Sisk, 38

Mary Sisk, 35

Sisk murdered his three younger siblings Kane, 6, Rorrie, 4, and Colson, 6 months.

Limestone County District Attorney Brian C.T. Jones said: ‘I’ve prosecuted a lot of people in my career, and I can tell you that out of all of those people, only four out of five people scare the hell out of me and he’s at the top of my list.’ 

Sisk was ineligible for the death penalty because he was under 18 when he murdered his family.

Before the sentencing on Thursday members of the deceased family gave victims’ impact statements in July.

Mary Sisk’s brother Douglas Prater said: ‘On September 1, 2019, I came home with gifts for everyone – including you, Mason. Instead of seeing the happiness on their faces, I had to put those gifts in caskets.’

Mary Sisk’s sister Katie told Mason his nanny didn’t believe he was the killer until the evidence was in front of her face.

Katie said: ‘How could her first grandson murder her family? She had a heart attack and later died from cardiac arrest. I do not know if I will ever forgive you, but I do grieve the loss of you. The child Mason that I knew died the day you murdered them.’ 

Sisk was 14 at the time of his crime which made him ineligible for the death penalty

The Judge wrote that Sisk's crime was 'ghastly, disturbing and draped in unmitigated evil.'

Matt ‘Gator’ Paddle who was a good friend of John Sisk described Mason as ‘a nerdy kid’ and said he stayed in his room a lot. 

Gator said that he sensed tension between John and Mary but ‘didn’t sense any tension between Mason and his family’.

The deputy attorney said: ‘There have been allegations that Mason was mistreated by John. That may be true, except he took it out on his entire family.’ 

Video footage from Sisk’s confession to the murders showed him admitting to the killings of his family because he was ‘fed up of all the fighting’ in his family. 

Some 31 witnesses appeared at court for Sisk’s trial in April and on the final day of testimony jurors heard from the state witness investigator Johnny Morrell.

Morrell discussed evidence presented in the case including Mary Sisk’s cell phone and the interviews conducted at the time of the murder when Sisk confessed to the crime.

Sisk’s confession came after a long period of questioning from former Sheriff Mike Blakely.

Lawson live-tweeted the trial in April and said Mason had a 'limited reaction' to the jury decision but looked 'a bit shell shocked'.

The interview video shows Sisk denying killing his family multiple times while Blakely accused him of lying. 

The trial originally took place in 2022 but was declared a mistrial after it was discovered that the FBI had finally unlocked the cell phone of Sisk’s adoptive mother Mary Sisk. 

At the re-trial in April the Judge thanked the jury for handling the difficult subject matter and said they are likely forever changed.


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