BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Members of the Toler, West, and Jimerson families gathered on the front steps of the Glynn County Courthouse Thursday, happy that Guy Heinze Jr. will never again know freedom.
Hazel Sumner, matriarch of the Toler family, said, "I'm glad he will never see the light of day again."
Heinze, 26, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of eight people: his father, his uncle, his cousins, and his cousin's boyfriend.
"It was greed and drugs that did this," Sumner said.
Greed and drugs that led to one of the worst mass murders the state of Georgia had ever seen. It happened in August of 2009. Heinze said he came home to find his entire family dead inside the Brunswick home they all shared. He was the one who called 911 and reported they had all been beaten to death.
Belinda West, the sister-in-law of victim Joe West, said that 911 call was a telltale sign that Heinze committed the murders.
She said, "How can you make a 911 phone call and say your family has been beat if you didn't do it? The police thought they was shot. Come on now," she said.
The families said they never had a doubt that Heinze is a cold-blooded killer. And with him forever behind bars, they can move on with their lives.
"When we left here Friday after the verdict, we went to the cemetery and we buried them. And it's over now. It's over," said Sumner.
Heinze's attorney said said he plans to appeal the conviction.