WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Daron Wint, the man convicted of brutally killing members of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper in a high profile D.C. murder case, was sentenced to four, consecutive life-without-release terms on Friday.
The brutal killings carried out in May 2015 stunned the Northwest D.C. community where they occurred.
Businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and the family’s housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, were found beaten, strangled and stabbed to death inside the family's mansion on Woodland Drive.
Initially, investigators said they thought others were involved in the heinous crime but Wint was the only person arrested and charged in the case.
The government’s case relied heavily on DNA evidence collected from the scene. Forensic scientists testified that Wint’s DNA was found on a pizza crust inside the Savopoulos’ house as well as on other items, including a neon green vest discovered inside the family's Porsche that was stolen from the home and set on fire in Prince George’s County in Maryland.
Prosecutors said Daron Wint was fueled by greed and a thirst for money. They noted that he worked at American Iron Works, the company Savvas Savopoulos owned along with his father, for two nearly years about a decade before the murders.
The defense tried to argue that Daron’s younger brother, Darrell Wint, was the mastermind of the murders and that he and the other brother, Steffon Wint, actually carried out the murders. According to the defense, Daron Wint was deceived into going with his brother, Darrell, to the crime scene and was unaware of what was going on upstairs at the home on Woodland Drive.
In October of last year, Wint was found guilty on four counts of first-degree murder while armed in the course of a kidnapping, four counts of first-degree murder while armed in the course of a burglary, four counts of first-degree premeditated murder while armed, four counts of kidnapping and one count each of first-degree burglary, extortion, arson and first-degree theft.
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