A judge has sentenced a teenager who pleaded guilty to killing three family members in Doddridge County.
17-year-old Joseph Spencer has been sentenced to life in prison with mercy for fatally shooting his parents Frederick and Dixie Spencer, and sister Patience.
Spencer will serve two terms concurrently with the third one to follow.
Spencer entered guilty pleas a few weeks ago.
His term will be served in a state prison.
A Doddridge County teenager charged with fatally shooting his parents and younger sister has pleaded guilty.
Joseph Spencer, 17, plead guilty to three first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Frederick Spencer, 49, Dixie Spencer, 47,and Patience Spencer, 9.
Spencer accepted a plea agreement that said he will serve the first two counts of murder at the same time, and the third right after that.
Spencer could face a minimum of 30 years to life in prison.
Judge Tim Sweeney took the plea into consideration and will decide depending on a pre-sentencing investigation.
The investigation will be done by Spencer's parole officer.
Judge Sweeney will sentence Spencer on Feb. 10.
Doddridge County teenager, Joseph Spencer, 17 of West Union was scheduled to appear in court next Monday, Jan. 6 before Judge Tim Sweeney after being accused of the Labor Day 2012 shooting deaths of his three family members.
He will now appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 for a plea hearing.
Court officials said Spencer will plead guilty for three counts of first degree murder for the death of his father, Frederick Spencer III, 49, his mother Dixie Spencer, 47, and his 9-year-old sister Patience Spencer.
Investigators said Spencer admitted to using his father's nine millimeter gun to shoot his family members.
Spencer, although a minor, will be facing charges as an adult for the crimes.