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Atoka Co. man gets life without parole for murder of two family members, molesting child

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Published: Jan. 6, 2020 at 6:29 PM CST
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Hershal Hatley will spend the rest of his life in Oklahoma state prison, without the possibility of parole.

News 12 spoke with the family of the victims today, they say they are looking for closure because they don't think justice will ever be truly served.

"I think its fair to say that is justice for the fourth count alone. Justice for anything else will never be served," said Nichelle Darrow.

In May 2018, Hatley was accused by his adopted sister Sami Williams of molesting a then 10-year-old girl.

When she went to tell their adopted father Richard Miller, Hatley shot and killed both of them.

That same night, Hatley also shot at Williams' boyfriend Brandon Aldava, who survived.

In October 2019, a week before his trial, the 27-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges.

Miller's nieces, and Williams sisters Shelli Walker and Darrow thought this day would never come.

"He decided the week before to plead guilty. He thought he was saving us, but I think it made it harder," said Darrow.

On Monday, Hatley was sentenced to life in prison without parole on two counts of first degree murder.

Hatley was also found guilty of shooting with intent to kill, and child sexual abuse, and was given life sentences for those as well.

Shelli Walker and Nichelle Darrow say they want Williams kids to grow up knowing her mother and grandfather gave their lives to save them.

"They gave everything. They believed in people, they helped people that needed to be helped," said Darrow.

"They had really big hearts, and allowed everyone in. They didn't care who you were, we need more people like that in the world," said Walker.

Hatley's two life sentences without parole will run consecutively.

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