CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana judge on
Friday officially sentenced a Gary man to death for killing his wife and
two teenage stepchildren.
The Times of
Munster reports Lake Superior Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. was bound by
law to impose the jury's decision of a death sentence for 47-year-old
Kevin Isom, but at the urging of the state handed Isom three consecutive
County jury last month recommended the death penalty for Isom after
finding him guilty in the August 2007 shooting deaths of his wife,
Cassandra, and stepchildren, 16-year-old Michael Moore and 13-year-old
Ci'Andria Cole in their Gary apartment. He was arrested after a 3
1/2-hour standoff with police. Police said 40-year-old Cassandra Isom
was shot in the head and her two children suffered gunshot wounds to
argued Isom was struck unconscious by the real killer.
Isom's younger brother presented her family's impact statement, calling
Isom a "coward" who betrayed his wife and stepchildren.
was sentenced to 36 months on lesser counts for shooting at police
during a standoff after the murders. Stefaniak noted those sentences in
effect had been served during Isom's nearly six-year stay in the Lake
set an execution date of Feb. 5, 2014.