A Westmoreland County judge on Thursday sentenced convicted triple-murderer Kevin Murphy to death by lethal injection.
Offered a chance to make a statement, he declined.
In a brief hearing, Judge Al Bell imposed the sentence delivered by a jury late Tuesday night after nearly eight hours of deliberations.
The death penalty applies to the murder of his mother, Doris Murphy, 69, on April 23, 2009.
He received life in prison for the murders of his sister, Kris Murphy, 43, and his aunt, Edith Tietge, 81.
Mr. Murphy was convicted of shooting all three in the back of the head in the garage of his glass shop in Loyalhanna.
District Attorney John Peck said Mr. Murphy shot them at the behest of his then-married girlfriend, Susan McGuire, who urged him to "knock off" his relatives because they disapproved of his relationship with her.
Ms. McGuire has not been charged, but Mr. Peck said the investigation remains open.
Following the sentencing, Mr. Murphy cried as he hugged members of his family in the gallery while sheriff's deputies stood guard.
It was the first time since his trial began nearly three weeks ago that he had showed any emotion.
Mr. Murphy joins these other Western Pennsylvania inmates on death row:
Richard Baumhammers: convicted of killing five in a racially motivated South Hills shooting rampage in 2000.
Anthony Fiebiger: convicted of raping and killing Marcia Jones of Mount Washington in 1982 and strangling Norma Parker of Carnegie in 1989.
Gerald Watkins: convicted of shooting his ex-girlfriend, Beth Ann Anderson, their baby, Melanie, and Ms. Anderson's son, Charles Kevin Kelly Jr., 9, at their house in Homewood in 1994.
Ronald Taylor: convicted of killing three in a 2000 Wilkinsburg shooting rampage targeting white people.
Wayne Mitchell: convicted of raping and killing his estranged wife, Robin Little, 19, in Homewood in 1997.
Leroy Fears: convicted of sexually assaulting and killing Shawn Hagan, 12, in 1994 after meeting him at a fishing spot along the Monongahela River.
Kenneth Hairston: convicted of killing his wife, Catherine, and autistic son, Sean, with a sledgehammer in their Garfield home in 2001.
Patrick Stollar: convicted in the 2003 beating, strangulation and stabbing of Jean Heck, 78, in her Upper St. Clair home.
Donald Tedford: convicted in the rape and murder of Jeanine Revak, 22, in 1986.
Scott Blystone: convicted in the 1986 killing of hitchhiker Dalton Smithburger.
Mark Breakiron: convicted in the 1987 stabbing of waitress Saundra Martin.
Mark Edwards: convicted in the 2002 murders of Larry Bobish, his wife, Joanna, and their pregnant daughter, Krystal, in their North Union home.
James VanDivner: convicted in the 2004 murder of Michelle Cable, his former girlfriend.
Roland Steele: convicted in the 1985 "karate-style" murders of three elderly women: Lucille Horner, 88, Minnie Warwick, 86, and Sarah Knutz, 85.
Michelle Tharp: convicted in the 1998 starvation death of her daughter, Tausha Lee Lanham, 7.
Jeffrey Martin: convicted in the rape and murder of Gabrielle Bechen, 12, in 2006.
Torsten Ove: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1510. First Published May 9, 2013 2:30 PM