An Ohio firefighter who killed three people, including a former College Station resident, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A Cuyahoga County, Ohio judge imposed the sentence Thursday on former Cleveland firefighter Terrance Hough, Jr., 36, after it was recommended by the same jury that found him guilty of three counts of aggravated murder. Hough could have received the death penalty.
Hough was convicted last week of murdering former College Station resident Bruce Anderson, 30, and two others last July 5. Anderson was with a group of people celebrating the 4th of July at a house next door to Hough's.
According to authorities, Hough flew into a rage when someone at the party set off some early-morning fireworks. He grabbed a .40 caliber handgun, crossed the yard and opened fire.
Two people who were wounded, but survived, were Donny Walsh and his fiance. Walsh was in the courtroom Thursday when Hough was sentenced. "He'll get what's coming to him eventually," he told The Plain Dealer newspaper. "I'm a God fearing person. He will get what's coming to him. One way or another, he will get what's coming to him."
After hearing the sentence, Hough read a prepared statement to those inside the courtroom. "During the trial, as I came face to face with those closer involved with the events surrounding July 5th, 2007, I could see the anguish and pain caused by my actions. I could hear it in your voices and by the pained, angry expressions and the tears. So how do I apologize to you for all of that? I don't know, I don't know if I can. What could I possibly say to help ease your pain? I can only try."
But family members of Anderson say forgiveness is out of the question. "It's ridiculous for him to even think that he can say he's sorry and for him to be forgiven," said Kevin Evans, Anderson's brother-in-law. "It's not like he poked somebody in the eye. He walked outside, he committed a cold, calculated, premeditated murder."