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Florida man accused of shooting family faces life sentence

September 27, 2018

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for fatally shooting three family members and wounding another.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a Hernando County jury declined Wednesday to give 46-year-old George Mason III the death penalty. He was convicted in June of three counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted first-degree murder. A judge will make the life sentence official at a Nov. 11 hearing.

Authorities say Mason went to a Brooksville home in August 2014 and killed his girlfriend, 37-year-old Tarasha Yata Townsend, his grandmother, 81-year-old Jannie Taylor, and his half-brother, Ralph Peyton.

Investigators say Mason chased another half-brother, Gabriel Taylor, and shot him multiple times. A passing truck then hit Mason, who was hospitalized with broken bones before he was charged.

Investigators never determined a motive for the shooting.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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