Oklahoma teenager to serve 5 life terms for killing the family

Michael Bever, 19, photographed on April 18, 2018 in Tulsa County Courthous, received five life sentences Thursday for the 2015 murders of his parents and three siblings.

A 19-year-old Oklahoma man convicted of stabbing his parents and three younger siblings to death was sentenced Thursday to five life terms in prison to be executed consecutively, meaning that even with the possibility of parole he will likely die in prison.

Michael Bever was 16 years old in 2015 when prosecutors say that he and his older brother, Robert Bever, killed his mother, his father, his two younger brothers and their 5-year-old sister in their suburban Tulsa home. Two other sisters survived the attack.

Robert Bever, who was 18 at the time of the murders, pleaded guilty in 2016 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Michael Bever was convicted in May of five counts of first-degree murder.

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Michael Bever, 19, photographed on April 18, 2018 in Tulsa County Courthous, received five life sentences Thursday for the 2015 murders of his parents and three siblings.

Michael Bever, 19, photographed on April 18, 2018 in Tulsa County Courthous, received five life sentences Thursday for the 2015 murders of his parents and three siblings.

Michael's older brother, Robert (photographed in red before the murders) stabbed Daniel, 12, (right), Christopher, 7, (left), Victoria (5) and their parents. Her 13-year-old sister (second from left) and her two-year-old sister (in Robert's lap) survived

Michael's older brother, Robert (photographed in red before the murders) stabbed Daniel, 12, (right), Christopher, 7, (left), Victoria (5) and their parents. Her 13-year-old sister (second from left) and her two-year-old sister (in Robert's lap) survived

Michael's older brother, Robert (photographed in red before the murders) stabbed Daniel, 12, (right), Christopher, 7, (left), Victoria (5) and their parents. Her 13-year-old sister (second from left) and her two-year-old sister (in Robert's lap) survived

David Bever

David Bever

April Bever

April Bever

Father David Bever, 52 (left), was killed by 28 stab wounds to the head, neck and torso. Mother April (right), 44, was stabbed almost 50 times in the head, neck and torso

The massacre took place inside the house of Bever & Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in the photo (pictured) on July 22, 2015, when Michael was 16 and Robert was 18 years old.

The massacre took place inside the house of Bever & Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in the photo (pictured) on July 22, 2015, when Michael was 16 and Robert was 18 years old.

The massacre took place inside the house of Bever & Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in the photo (pictured) on July 22, 2015, when Michael was 16 and Robert was 18 years old.

The jury also sentenced Michael Bever on a charge of assault and battery with the intent to kill for wounding his 13-year-old sister, who survived the attack and testified against him at the trial.

On Thursday, Bever was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the assault on his 13-year-old sister, in addition to the five life sentences.

After Michael's conviction, the officers posted graphic photos of Michael and his older brother, Robert, taken at the time of his arrest.

The images taken by the arresting officers show the Bever brothers in torn clothes, covered in blood and mud.

In his photo, Robert Bever, who was 18 years old at the time, wears a smile on his face covered in blood and grime.

His younger brother, Michael, looks grim. A shot of his moderate hands reveals even more blood staining his palms and fingers a bright red.

The murders began around 11.30 p.m. on July 22, 2015, and the Bever family home in Broken, Arrow, Oklahoma. It all started when Michael and Robert attacked their 13-year-old sister.

Michael after his arrest

Michael after his arrest

Robert after his arrest

Robert after his arrest

After Michael's conviction in May, officers posted graphic photos of Michael (left) and Robert (right), which were taken at the time of his arrest.

  A shot of Michael's moderate hands reveals blood staining his palms and fingers bright red

  A shot of Michael's moderate hands reveals blood staining his palms and fingers bright red

A shot of Michael's moderate hands reveals blood staining his palms and fingers bright red

She testified that she was lured to a room where her throat was cut and stabbed in the torso and arms. Miraculously, she survived.

When they attacked her, her mother, April, 44, went to the bedroom to find out what was happening.

It was then that they turned against her. She was stabbed almost 50 times in the head, neck and torso.

David Bever, 52, was killed with 28 stabs on the head, neck and torso.

Brother Daniel, 12, was able to call 911 before succumbing to the nine stab wounds he suffered.

The youngest victim was Victoria, five years old, whom the brothers stabbed 18 times. Autumn, two years old, was asleep throughout the attack and suffered no damage.

During the trial, prosecutors heard how Michael tricked his brothers into opening locked doors while hiding from Robert pretending he was under attack as well.

When the police arrived at the family home, there was blood on the porch.

Michael and Robert had fled into the woods behind the house, but were arrested after a police dog sniffed them.

The brothers had planned to steal their parents' car and drive to Washington state after carrying out the murders.

Michael (pictured) and Robert fled into the woods behind the house, but were stopped after a police dog sniffed them.

Michael (pictured) and Robert fled into the woods behind the house, but were stopped after a police dog sniffed them.

Michael (pictured) and Robert fled into the woods behind the house, but were stopped after a police dog sniffed them.

Robert is photographed in blood-soaked clothes after his arrest

Robert is photographed in blood-soaked clothes after his arrest

Michael said during his trial that Robert was the mastermind of the attack and that he was driven by hatred towards all

Michael said during his trial that Robert was the mastermind of the attack and that he was driven by hatred towards all

During the trial, Michael said that Robert, photographed in blood-soaked clothing after his arrest, was the mastermind of the attack and that he was driven by hatred towards everyone.

They wanted to shoot five people at once in random attacks along the way using weapons and ammunition that Robert had been able to buy online.

Michael told the court at the trial that the frantic attack on his parents and siblings was driven and orchestrated by his older brother who had a "hatred" towards society and toward "everyone."

He admitted that he was obsessed with the Columbine school massacre, but claimed that he only followed Robert's murderous plan to save his own life, and Robert himself testified that he wanted to take responsibility for all the murders.

Prosecutors, who urged the judge to grant a sentence without parole, argued that Michael was a willing participant in the appalling massacre of his family and that he should be locked up for the rest of his life. Thursday's ruling does indeed succeed.

Life sentences are considered 45 years for probation purposes in Oklahoma, and inmates must meet 85 percent of each sentence before becoming technically eligible for parole.

Calculated consecutively, Bever's sentences total 253 years and must meet 85 percent, or 215 years, before he reaches parole eligibility.

Bever's defense attorneys said they were surprised by the sentences and plan to appeal.

Michael must serve 215 years in prison before reaching parole eligibility

Michael must serve 215 years in prison before reaching parole eligibility

His brother Robert is already serving life without parole

His brother Robert is already serving life without parole

Michael (left) must serve 215 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole. His brother Robert (right) is already serving life without parole

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