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Victims' families react to John Lee sentencing

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LATAH COUNTY, Idaho -

Tuesday in Latah County, a judge sentenced John Lee to three fixed life sentences, with no chance of parole, for each of the three people he pleaded guilty to murdering. The judge also added an additional fixed 15 year sentence for the aggravated battery of a fourth shooting victim during that shooting spree. 

Friends and family of all three murder victims crammed into the small courtroom. In an interview after the sentencing with KHQ's Liz Burch, Belinda Niebuhr's family said the sentencing helped them get some closure. 

"He hunted her down like a dog," her step-mom Marilyn Trissell said. 

According to prosecutors, Niehbur tried to escape from John Lee when he showed up to the Arby's she managed and began shooting at her. They say she was shot a total of ten times. 

Niehbur's sister Theresa directly addressed Lee in court.

"I told him I believe in God and I won't feel OK until he breathes his last breath and then God can deal with him," she explained. 

Belinda Niebuhr was just one of four shooting victims. Lee also pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his adoptive mother Terry Grzebielski, then David Trail and Michael Chin. Chin was the lone survivor.

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