Killer in pharmacy massacre sentenced to life

Mug shots of David Laffer and wife Melinda Brady

November 10, 2011 3:10:01 PM PST
A man who killed four people during a drug holdup at a New York pharmacy will spend the rest of his life in prison.

David Laffer was sentenced Thursday on Long Island to consecutive sentences of life in prison without parole. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the June holdup at Haven Drugs in Medford.

Laffer, a 33-year-old Army veteran, has said he committed the robbery because he had lost his job. He said his wife required not only painkillers but also blood pressure medicine, anti-nausea pills and muscle relaxants.

He jammed a backpack full of pills after killing the four victims.

His wife, Melinda Brady, admitted driving the getaway car. She pleaded guilty to robbery charges.

In a packed and emotional courtroom, a teary Brady was sentenced to the max 25 years in prison.

After an apology statement read in court, the judge called her statement "as insincere as a counterfeit coin."