SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -- A Nicholas County man who fatally shot a man, woman and two children last year was sentenced to four consecutive life terms without mercy on Wednesday.
Nicholas Circuit Judge Gary Johnson sentenced James Roy Belknap, 27, of Leivasy, for the murders of Stephen Leroy Hendrix, 38, Amber Martin, 26; and Hendrix's two children, 6-year-old Dakota and 4-year-old Kaylee, all of Quinwood in Greenbrier County.
Belknap pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in April. Prosecutors said at the time that Belknap entered the plea to get charges dropped against two people who allegedly helped him after the killings.
Johnson also ordered Belknap to pay $20,000 to the victims' families.
Police said Belknap had owed Hendrix a drug debt and sometime on May 19, 2012, Hendrix drove Martin and his two children to Belknap's house to collect.
Belknap shot the four inside their van and dumped their bodies over the mountainside near his house, police said.