BANGOR – The man convicted of murdering a Garland mother and her two children will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Keith Coleman has been given three consecutive life sentences, one for each of the three lives that he took, as well as a 20 year sentence for sexual assault.
Coleman was found guilty in November for the murders of Christina Sargent, 36, Duwayne Coke, 10, and Destiny Sargent, 8.
Thursday in court, the family spoke on the victim’s behalf, saying they were all loving individuals, and they’ll miss not having them at holidays and birthdays.
Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea stated “The prosecution fought to prove the order of the murders, discussing the horror the two children might have felt knowing their mother was killed. They hope to use this trial as a lesson for others.”
The defense attorneys argued Coleman suffers from a mental illness and has substance abuse issues. They had no comment after the trial.
Meanwhile Destiny’s brother Brayden Sargent spoke after the sentencing. Today is his 9th birthday, and he said he was close to his sister.
Braedyn said for his birthday tonight he’ll be releasing balloons for Christina, Destiny and Duwayne.