COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs man who stabbed his younger siblings to death was sentenced to 96 years in prison on Friday for the horrendous crime. The sentencing was part of a plea deal.
Malik Murphy pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. He is receiving 48 years for each charge.
According to police, on Oct. 17, 2017, Malik Murphy got up in the middle of the night and stabbed his siblings inside their Colorado Springs home. Father Jefferson Murphy woke up to screaming in the basement and was stabbed by his son when he went to investigate. The elder Murphy was able to overpower his son and held him down until police arrived.
The victims were then all transported to the hospital following desperate life-saving attempts by first responders, but only the father survived.
Malik Murphy allegedly told detectives he had intended to kill his entire family.
Noah and Sophia Murphy, whose lives were cut decades too short in a grisly crime that has left even the officers who found them reeling, were laid to rest in October of 2017.
At one point, Malik pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was found sane to stand trial.
Gary Schneeberger provided the following statement to 11 News from the Murphy family on Friday:
"We can't say we're pleased or satisfied by today's news -- or that it leaves us at peace. To be honest, the adjective has not been invented that can accurately convey what we feel 787 days after our precious Sophia and Noah were taken from us. Words were not meant to describe the kind of anguish that affixes itself to parents when two of their children are savagely murdered by a third.
The best we can offer is to say we are relieved that we are now able to move forward toward closure, knowing we will never fully have it. Justice has been done in the sense that Malik has been held accountable for his actions. But injustice remains, because our family has been forever shattered.
We will move ahead but we will never move on. We will continue to hold onto God, who has comforted and steadied us every step of this dark journey, and to each other."