Winchester man pleads guilty to killing his family

Posted: 10/03/12 at 2:25 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/03/12 at 10:44 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Thomas Mortimer IV faces life in prison without after he pleaded guilty to killing his Winchester family in June 2010.

In Woburn Superior Court on Wednesday, Mortimer admitted to slaughtering his two children, wife and mother-in-law inside the family’s home.

The 45-year-old, looking like a clean-cut family man, stared at the floor as he listened to the prosecutor describe the gruesome murders and how he stabbed his wife 60 times.

“The degree that they are missed is difficult to eloquently convey. My life, my family’s life, my children’s life have been so affected by this hurt. None of our lives will ever be the same,” said the sister of Laura Stone Mortimer.

Mortimer’s parents left court silently, but through their son’s lawyer they recounted for the court the loving times with their grandchildren, and acknowledged their son did a terrible thing.

The victims' bodies were found at their Winchester home when Mortimer’s sister-in-law went to the house after repeated telephone calls to her mother and sister went unanswered.

Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone said the crime scene was one of the worst he had ever seen, and for that, he says, Mortimer will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

“However, he did foretell his future in the two letters that he left behind at the crime scene, because his ultimate determination is hell -- and he acknowledged as such,” said District Attorney Leone.

Prosecutors said the slayings followed marital problems between Mortimer and his wife, Laura Stone Mortimer. The others killed were Ellen Stone, and the two children, 2-year-old Charlotte and 4-year-old Thomas Mortimer V.

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