Man convicted in nursing home shooting rampage

CARTHAGE, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina man has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing eight people at a rural nursing home.

Robert Stewart was sentenced Saturday to spend between roughly 16 and 20 years in prison for each of the murders, with the sentences running consecutively. That would put the overweight 47-year-old in prison for between 128 and 160 years.

Judge James Webb added up to 22 years, stemming from assault and firearms charges, which will also be consecutive.

After two days of deliberation, the jury convicted Stewart of second-degree murder for shooting and killing seven elderly residents and a nurse at Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center on March 29, 2009.

Stewart's lawyers say he plans to appeal. His defense attorney argued Stewart could not control his actions because he of his prescription medications and his use of the sleeping aid, Ambien.

Prosecutors said Stewart was seeking revenge on his then-wife, who worked at the nursing home.

Carthage is located about two hours east of Charlotte in Moore County.

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