Convicted serial killer Dale Hausner was sentenced to two consecutive life terms Monday, just days after receiving a half dozen death sentences.
Judge Roland Steinle also sentenced Hausner to nearly 365 years for convictions on dozens of counts that included attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and drive-by shooting. A jury on Friday gave Hausner six death sentences for six murder convictions in the so-called Serial Shooter attacks.
Hausner told Steinle on Monday to “let me have it.”
“I’m willing to accept the maximum penalty,” Hausner said. “I’m not going to point fingers at anyone else.”
Hausner was convicted on March 13 of killing six people and attacking 19 others in random nighttime shootings in the Phoenix area in 2005 and 2006. The attacks and an unrelated serial killer case kept police and neighborhood watch groups on high alert in the summer of 2006.
Daryl Davies, who was injured in a drive-by shooting in 2006, told the judge during Monday’s sentencing that his organs are still riddled with shotgun pellets and cause him constant pain. He said he hopes Hausner “never sees the light of day.”
“Don’t mess with him,” Davies said. “Put him away.”
Mary Patrick, whose son, Paul, was seriously injured in 2006, said after the hearing that the sentencing offered her little comfort.
“Telling me (Hausner) is going to die doesn’t mean much because I still have to deal with a son who isn’t well,” Patrick said.
Paul Patrick attended nearly every part of Hausner’s months-long trial until he suffered a stroke last month, possibly as a result of the shotgun pellets still in his body; he is partially paralyzed and remains hospitalized.
Hausner preyed on pedestrians, bicyclists, dogs and horses during a 14-month conspiracy that prosecutors said occasionally included his brother, Jeff Hausner, and Dale Hausner’s former roommate, Samuel Dieteman.
Hausner’s brother pleaded guilty in 2007 to a stabbing and is serving a 7 1/2-year prison term. He was indicted in another stabbing attack related to the Serial Shooter case last summer. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.
Dieteman testified against Hausner and is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to two of the Serial Shooter killings.
As the star prosecution witness at Hausner’s trial, Dieteman said he and Hausner cruised around late at night looking for strangers to shoot.
Hausner offered alibis that included being at his girlfriends’ houses, shopping at the grocery store, driving in another part of the Phoenix area or taking care of his sick daughter.
Howard Sutton, one of the jurors who sentenced Hausner to death, was in court Monday for Steinle’s sentencing because he said he “needed the closure.”
“I’ve shed more tears in the last couple of weeks than I’ve shed in the last year,” Sutton said. “There’s a finality to it, and hearing the rest of the charges that we didn’t have any control over.”
Sutton said he decided to sentence Hausner to death because of the “callousness and the randomness” and because Hausner didn’t show remorse.