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Dad sentenced to death for murdering his five children

Timothy Jones Jr, South Carolina

Timothy Jones Jr was sentenced to death on Thursday for killing his five children (Picture: AP)

A father who murdered his five children was sentenced to death on Thursday.

A jury sentenced Timothy Jones Jr, 37, to be executed after deliberating for less than two hours to determine whether he would die or live the rest of his life in jail.

Timothy Jones Jr, 37, strangled four of his children, Merah, 8, Elias, 7, Gabriel, 2, and Elaine, 1, and after forcing his 6-year-old son Nahtahn to exercise until he died as punishment for breaking an electrical outlet in August 2014 in Lexington, South Carolina.

Jones was convicted of murdering his children on June 4 after pleading guilty by means of insanity.

During the sentencing portion of his trial, the jury heard from defense lawyers and witnesses attempting to assert that Jones was just a victim of mental illness who snapped.

Timothy Jones Jr., murder, Lexington, South Carolina, Children, list

According to investigators, Jones stated that he believed the children were going to kill him, chop him up and feed him to the dogs. Pictured is his son Elias (Picture: KTLA)

Timothy Jones Jr., murder, Lexington, South Carolina, Children, list

Jones strangled Gabriel with a belt because his hands were too big to choke him properly (Picture: KTLA)

Timothy Jones Jr., murder, Lexington, South Carolina, Children, list

Elaine was Jones youngest child. (Picture: KTLA)

Witnesses gave harrowing testimony about his mothers schizophrenia and three generations of rapes, molestation by relatives, violence, drugs, voodoo rituals, prostitution, and fights in Jones family.

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But in the end, the jury decided unanimously that Jones should be put to death.

Authorities said Jones killed the first child by making him exercise until he collapsed. Several hours later, he strangled his other four children, using a belt to choke his two youngest children to death.

Numerous witnesses took the stand in the days leading up to Jones conviction and recalled his strange, increasingly erratic behavior leading up to the murders.

The drastic decline of Timothy Jones Jr – who transformed from religious father with a good job to a physically abusive cultist – was exactly what his father feared.

Jeffrey Collins ? Defense for Timothy Jones Jr. charged with killing his 5 kids calls his dad to ask for mercy. Timothy Jones Sr. shows the jury his tattoo of his five grandchildren. Today's story so far: https://apnews.com/3a466c66c39f40e98b0e76dfd06b8ebb ?

Timothy Jones Sr said he feared his son was losing his mind. Jones Sr got tattoos of his five dead grandchildren, which he was asked to show the court (Picture: ABC)

This is the Tim I was scared I would see one day. I mean, hes got some relatives, his mother, unfortunately theyre not right, you know…Its just bad DNA I guess. Hes sick, man, thats all there is to it, Tim Jones Sr said.

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