- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man charged in three separate murders in Philadelphia 2½ years ago has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1TTbMGV ) reports that 21-year-old Justin Mackie was scheduled for trial but pleaded guilty Tuesday to three first-degree murder charges in a deal that spared him a possible death sentence.

Mackie was arrested in July 2013 following a shootout with police and FBI agents that killed his 21-year-old stepbrother, Tevin Hammond. He also pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in an armed robbery and the shooting of a cab driver in June 2013.

He still faces assault and escape charges in what authorities said was a January 2015 escape attempt from a hospital in which a guard and nurse were injured.

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