Jury recommends two life sentences without parole for Berry Hall

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The double murder trial against Berry Hall came to a close Monday as the victims family and friends waited on edge to hear how Hall would be sentenced.

After nearly six hours of deliberation, they made their decision. They recommended Hall receive life in prison without parole for both counts of murder.

"It's a very serious sentence that they gave Mr. Hall, but we really appreciate them taking the time, looking through everything, listening to all the evidence, and finding a non-death verdict," said defense attorney Steve Goble.

"We didn't care which one it was, if it was death or life without parole. The key to us was where he'd never get out again," said Commonwealth's Attorney Brent Turner.

The Tacketts' family members say they are just glad the whole thing is over.

"I'm just glad they can rest in peace now," said Tonda Hall, Lisa Tackett's stepmom.

"It's been a long road, a very long road," said Norita Collins, Alan Tackett's sister.

They also say that they don't blame the rest of Hall's family for what happened.

"This tragedy almost tore two families apart but it brought two families together and one bad apple don't spoil the bunch," said one of Alan Tackett's sisters.

They are happy that Hall did not receive the death penalty. They say they just wanted him off the streets.

"More than anything he needs God's forgiveness for what he's done. More than anything, and we're praying for that for him," said Collins.

And they hope the families can begin moving forward.

This is just a jury-recommended sentence that the judge will have to approve at a later date. The judge will also sentence Hall on the four counts of wanton endangerment.

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