- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A man accused of killing three teens and a young mother during a botched drug deal has pleaded guilty to four counts of felony murder, authorities told local media outlets.

Jacob Allen Bennett, 29, was charged in the September 2013 shooting deaths of Rikki Jacobsen, 22, Dominic Davis, 17, Steven Presley, 17, and Jonathan Lajeunesse, 16, in Crab Orchard.

The media reports said Bennett pleaded guilty on Wednesday to four counts of felony murder and two counts of attempted robbery. He received four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole as part of a plea deal, according to the reports.

Officials decided not to seek the death penalty after discussions with the victims’ families, said District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway.

Relatives of each victim had the opportunity to make statements in court.

“You’re going to rot in hell one of these days, and that’s still better than you deserve,” said Steven Presley’s uncle, Derek Brown.

The victims were found shot to death in a Dodge Neon on a rural road near the Renegade Mountain planned community. All had been shot in the head or face. Jacobsen, who was a mother, was behind the wheel.

Investigators recovered an estimated quarter-pound of marijuana from the car.

The suspected murder weapon - a .40-caliber Glock handgun - was later recovered, authorities said.

Bennett’s criminal history began at age 12, according to court records. In 2010, he pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with a Fentress County burglary and received a prison sentence, the records show. They note that he was on parole at the time of the killings.

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