Laffer, wife get max sentences for roles in Medford massacre
Both David Laffer and Melinda Brady were given the maximum sentences today for their roles in the Medford pharmacy massacre.
Laffer was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole, and the judge said he'll make a rare request to the state that the 33-year-old man spend the rest of his days in solitary confinement.
He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the June holdup at Haven Drugs in Medford that left four people dead.
Laffer admitted to committing the robbery because he had lost his job and his wife needed painkillers.
Laffer's wife, Melinda Brady, admitted to driving the getaway car and was sentenced to 25 years in prison this morning.
The sentencing took a back seat to gut-wrenching victim impact statements that were read in court.
The brother of one of the victims, Jaime Taccetta, said Brady and Laffer's sentences were insufficient, adding that he wished there was capital punishment in New York.
Attorney John Ray spoke on behalf of Tacetta's daughters, calling Laffer a "reaper" who has not the slightest remorse.
Laffer remained stone-faced as he read a prepared statement: "I truly believe that my crime is one that cannot and should not be forgiven. To stand here and offer a mea culpa would be a disgrace to the victims' families and I will not do that."
Unlike her husband, Brady sobbed throughout the entire proceeding, offering a tearful apology to the four victims' families and asking for their forgiveness.
The judge, in turn, said that Brady was "as sincere as a counterfeit coin."
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