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Florida man pleads guilty and asks for the death sentence after killing his wife and five children by slitting their throats

Florida man pleads guilty to killing wife and 5 children

  • Mesac Damas, 41, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to six counts of premeditated first-degree murder
  • He has waived his right to a jury trial and has asked for the death penalty 
  • Damas's wife and children, from 11 months to nine years old, were found stabbed and their throats slit in September 2009
  • He later told reporters he did it because of the devil and his mother-in-law
  • His trial has been delayed by questions of his mental health and challenges to Florida's death penalty law

A Florida man has been convicted of killing his wife and five children.
Nearly eight years after being accused of killing his family in their North Naples apartment and then fleeing to Haiti, Mesac Damas pleaded guilty on Tuesday to six counts of premeditated first-degree murder, reported the Naples Daily News.
The 41-year-old faces a possible death sentence, which he has previously claimed to want, at a hearing on September 29.

'I love my people, my wife and children. But this thing happened. I don’t have an answer for it. I wish I had an answer for it, but I don’t,' Damas said in court.

'When I stand before the great God, I will ask him a lot of questions. From now on, I’m just going to put my trust in him, and say sorry to the whole world.'

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Mesac Damas (pictured in 2016) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to six counts of premeditated first-degree murder for murdering his wife and five children in their home in North Naples, Florida

Mesac Damas (pictured in 2016) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to six counts of premeditated first-degree murder for murdering his wife and five children in their home in North Naples, Florida

The 41-year-old (pictured with his wife, Guerline) faces a possible death sentence, which he has previously claimed to want, at a hearing on September 29
He has been in custody since confessing to the murders in 2009 (pictured being arrested in Haiti in 2009)

The 41-year-old has been in custody since 2009 (right) since confessing the murders. He faces a possible death sentence, which he has previously claimed to want, at a hearing on September 29 (Pictured, left, with his wife, Guerline)

Damas has been in custody since 2009 after he confessed to murdering wife Guerline, 32, and children Michzach, nine; Marven, six; Maven, five; Megan, three; and 11-month-old Morgan.

The six victims were found in the family's home with stab wounds and their throats slashed on September 18 by Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk after the family asked police to conduct a welfare check.

Rambosk once called the murder 'the most horrific and violent event' in county history.

Damas fled to his home country of Haiti but was arrested and returned to the US. He said he went to Haiti to say goodbye to his family and claimed he was going to turn himself in.

Damas admitted to killing his family to a Naples News reporter, telling him 'Only God knows' when asked why he did it.

He then blamed the six murders on his mother-in-law, saying she 'pretty much made me do it - the devil, her spirit, whatever she worships'.

He told the reporter he wanted the jury to immediately send him to death before adding that his children and wife were innocent, that 'everybody's innocent'.

'Then why, why would you kill them?' the reporter asked.

'The devil,' he responded. 'The devil exists...When I did it my eyes was closed, right now my eyes are open.'  

Damas fled to his home country of Haiti but was arrested and returned to the US. He said he went to Haiti to say goodbye to his family and claimed he was going to turn himself in (Damas's children pictured from left to right: Megan, three; Michzach, nine; Morgan; 11 months; Maven, five, and Marven, six)

Damas fled to his home country of Haiti but was arrested and returned to the US. He said he went to Haiti to say goodbye to his family and claimed he was going to turn himself in (Damas's children pictured from left to right: Megan, three; Michzach, nine; Morgan; 11 months; Maven, five, and Marven, six)

The victims were found in the family's home with stab wounds and their throats slashed by Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk after the family asked police to conduct a welfare check. He once called the murders 'the most horrific and violent event' in county history

The victims were found in the family's home with stab wounds and their throats slashed by Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk after the family asked police to conduct a welfare check. He once called the murders 'the most horrific and violent event' in county history

Damas's trial had been delayed by mental competency issues. His attorneys had argued that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and had a long history of mental illness that began during his childhood in Haiti (Damas pictured in 2009 during his arrest in Haiti)

Damas's trial had been delayed by mental competency issues. His attorneys had argued that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and had a long history of mental illness that began during his childhood in Haiti (Damas pictured in 2009 during his arrest in Haiti)

Damas's trial had been delayed by mental competency issues. His attorneys had argued that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and had a long history of mental illness that began during his childhood in Haiti. 

There have also been challenges to Florida's death penalty law.

Collier Circuit Judge Fred Hardt temporarily put Damas's trial on hold in until the Supreme Court ruled whether the state's death penalty laws and procedures were constitutional.

The Court ruled in January that it was unconstitutional to allow judges to reach a different decision regarding death penalties than juries. 

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty and Damas himself has been asked to be put to death. 

In addition to pleading guilty, Damas also waived his right to a jury trial and his right to have his lawyers present 'mitigating evidence' - evidence and witnesses that could sway a judge to not impose the death penalty.

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Comment by caribmama on September 6, 2017 at 4:16pm

and he has a smirk on his face.....SMH!  Please give him the death penalty.

Comment by vaughn mitchell on September 6, 2017 at 2:51pm
He should have killed himself. Kill him in the worst way possible, let him suffer. Put him in a cage with a pack of lions. One million ways to die. Put him in an alligator pit, just make his
ass suffer . He has no mental illness,do not lock him up, just kill him.
Comment by Cee Gee on September 6, 2017 at 2:02pm

WOW.....no words....just wow!  He had demons on him or something....stories like this always affect me.  I start thinking about my mother's Goddaughter who was murdered by her husband and he killed her and her two daughters...her oldest daughter wasn't even his but he killed the newborn, she was only a few months old, that was his daughter.  He didn't kill their son and his oldest daughter who she wasn't the mother of....and he took the coward's way out.  When the police came, he sent his son and daughter out the house and then killed himself.  To this day, the little boy is still so traumatized...no one knows what he saw.  We do think he witnessed the murders but no one knows.  

Comment by Natalie on September 6, 2017 at 1:45pm

This man is so full of it... he is obviously trying to build an insanity defense to avoid the death penalty. Does he really think people are going to believe that his mother-in-law had something to do with this. He would have been better off saying he was high on drugs. Reading the full story in the news he has a history of domestic abuse toward his wife. I just wished she had the strength and support to leave prior to her demise. Why didn't the devil tell him to jump off a cliff in Haiti.This pathetic loser should save the state of Florida some money and find a way to take his life. 

Comment by Al3x on September 6, 2017 at 1:08pm
I believe him.Haiti and Africa have the most powerful demonic voodooism on earth. He ask for death so give it to him. There's more to the story. He was obviously possessed. His eyes are open like he said and he cannot live with what he did. Kill him.

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