Jeremiah Bean sentencing grows emotional with family testimony

YERINGTON, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The mood in the courtroom proved emotional Wednesday as family members gave testimony during the sentencing phase for convicted killer Jeremiah Bean.

Bean's mother -- Luz Bean -- took the stand in Yerington to ask jurors to spare her son's life.

"I cannot change it. I can assure you, but please forgive us. It's probably me and my husband's fault. Why did he do it? I don't know. We are not bad parents. We are just like you. Thank God that God is good," said Luz Bean, barely audible through her sobs.

Some jurors were noted as crying, also.

Bean was convicted last week of crimes committed during a crime spree in May of 2013.

The state is seeking the death penalty.
Prosecutors said Bean is responsible for five murders, two burglaries, a carjacking, and arson in the string of crimes that happened in and near Fernley.

Bean's younger brother, Nicholas, testified.

Family members of Bean's victims also took the stand Wednesday, including the daughter-in-law of Bob and Dorothy Pape.

"I will never hear their voices, their laughter or feel my mom kiss or hug me and tell me that she loves me," Terry Pape said. "I hope that as the years tick by, he sees in his mind the faces of the people that he murdered over and over again."

Stay with News 4 for more developments on the Jeremiah Bean trial.

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