Limestone County sheriff: Teenager now charged as adult in murders of 5 family members

The murders took place in September 2019.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 10:24 AM
Updated: Nov 6, 2020 6:47 PM

The Limestone County teenager charged in the killing of five family members now faces four capital murder charges.

Mason Sisk, 15, is accused of murdering his father, stepmother and three siblings at their Elkmont home in September 2019. The two adult victims were identified as 38-year-old John Wayne Sisk and 35-year-old Mary Sisk. The other victims are 6-year-old Kane, five-year-old Rorrie and six-month-old Colson. (Read more HERE)

Mason Sisk

Sisk has been in a juvenile detention center in Tuscumbia since his arrest last year.

On Thursday, he was booked in the Limestone County Jail on one capital murder charge of killing two or more people and three capital murder charges of killing a person under the age of 14.

Sisk was charged as an adult, said Stephen Young, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Brian Jones, Limestone County District Attorney, said Sisk’s case was transferred from juvenile to adult court after a hearing last week. Now that the case is in adult court, all court records will be unsealed and proceedings will be open to the public. 

Capital murder cases for adults come with a sentence of the death penalty or life in prison without the possiblity of parole if there is a conviction. A 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling took the death penalty of the table for capital cases involving juveniles. Sisk, however, won't face an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole if he is convicted. An Alabama law in 2016, gives the judge the option to sentence Sisk to life in prison without parole. He wouldn't be eligible for parole until 30 years into his sentence.

Sisk was originally charged as a juvenile when the murders happened because he was under the age of 16 when he's accused of committing the crime. During the past year, prosecutors worked to get the transfer for Sisk's case to adult court. 

As of Friday evening, no court records have been made available for the case. 

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