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Eldon Samuel's mom on sentencing: 'I couldn't believe it'

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Tina Samuel says her son was scared Monday at his sentencing hearing. He remained outwardly calm when the judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison, but his mom broke down.

"I feel like my whole world just fell apart," she said, "I couldn't believe it."

She says years of abuse from his father made him do what he did that day, and she truly believes he and his father thought the zombie apocalypse was coming.. She says she experienced his father's violence firsthand. She says her son protected her from him. 

"He saved my life a lot of times from his dad. I wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for my son."

Even though her son was found guilty for the murders of his father and brother, she says she's still standing by him.

"I love him dearly. I will never give up as long as I live."

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