Friday, March 20, 2009
Life in prison for Neosho church killer
Eiken Elam Saimon, 55, will spend the rest of his life behind bars afted pleading guilty this morning in Newton County Circuit Court to three counts of first degree murder.
Saimon was sentenced to 30 years on each of four counts of assault and seven years on statutory rape and sodomy charges.
An armed criminal action charge against Saimon was dropped.
In exchange for Saimon's plea, the Newton County prosecuting attorney's office took the death penalty off the table.
Saimon took a gun into the First Congregational Church of Neosho Aug. 12, 2007, and murdered church leaders, including Pastor Kernal Rehobson, and injured others.
All previous Turner Report posts on the shooting can be found at this link.