Judge sentences Christopher Harris to five life sentences

By WEEK Producer

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 10:41 PM CDT

LINCOLN, Ill. -- Convicted mass murderer Christopher Harris will spend the rest of his life in prison.

In May, he was found guilty on 38 counts in connection with the brutal murders of five members of the Gee Family in Beason, Illinois.

On Friday, McLean County Judge Scott Drazewski sentenced Christopher Harris to five consecutive natural life terms.

Rick and Ruth Gee and their three of their children were found dead inside their Beason home, in September of 2009. Three-year-old Tabitha Gee was the only survivor of the brutal attack.

Several relatives and family members filled the large courtroom in Lincoln Friday afternoon.

Prior to the sentencing Harris apologized for the loss both families suffered. He said " I made a lot of stupid decisions that night but I did not commit the crime."

After the hearing relatives said justice was served.

"He can appeal all he wants, it doesn't matter I'll go to every single appeal," said Terri Miller-Reagan.

"I got someone who was very close to me taken away from me so I'm glad, things are finally over. My family can get peace," said Samuel Constant.

In addition to the 5 life sentences, the judge sentenced Harris to 80 years for attempted murder, home invasion and armed robbery.