Atlanta Spa Shooter Will Serve Four Life Sentences

The man who killed eight people at three different spas in Atlanta, Georgia, will serve four life sentences after pleading guilty in court to several of the murders.

Robert Aaron Long was sentenced to four life sentences on Tuesday by Cherokee County Superior Court Chief Judge Ellen McElyea.

Long, who plead guilty to four of the murders, was indicted on 23 charges — he pled guilty to every charge.

Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace said she intended to seek the death penalty and hate crime charges for Long had there not been a plea deal.

Long still faces an additional 19 charges in nearby Fulton County, where prosecutors will be pursuing the death penalty for hate crimes targeting the sex and race of the victims.

Defense attorney Zachary H. Smith said in a statement he hoped prosecutors in Fulton County would also agree to a plea deal without the death penalty.
“It has been Mr. Long’s desire to accept responsibility for his actions on March 16 from the time that he interviewed with police after his arrest,” Smith said. “The Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace worked with us to negotiate this case to achieve today’s result bringing finality in Cherokee County. It is our hope that the Fulton County District Attorney follows D.A. Wallace’s example and agrees to a similar resolution in that county.”
Long will be transferred to a Fulton County jail as ordered by a judge. He is scheduled to be arraigned on August 23.

When authorities detained Long, he told them that he killed the people at the spas because of his sexual addiction. Long told the Court that he purchased a gun because he wanted to kill himself after his roommate overheard him watching porn.

The four victims involved in Tuesday’s plea deal were Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54. Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz was injured in the gunfire.

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