LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for arranging the murders of two brothers after they discovered he stole $380,000 in life insurance money from them.
Timothy Mack, 50, of Marina del Rey was ordered to serve three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole for the brothers' murders, along with the unrelated killing of a Las Vegas man. Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson also denied a defense request for a new trial.
Mack was convicted of the June 6, 2001, shooting deaths of Howard Byrdsong, 20, and Jontrae Byrdsong, 18.
The Byrdsong brothers were awarded the life insurance settlement after their mother, a police officer, died of a brain tumor. They had contacted the district attorney's office when they failed to receive any money. About a month later, a man dressed as a postal worker knocked on the door of the Inglewood home where they were staying and shot them.
Authorities believed the killer was Waymond Jackson, whom Mack paid to commit the crime at a time when Jackson was dating Mack's niece.
Jackson also was believed to have killed Norman Fields, 46, of Las Vegas, as he visited Los Angeles in 2000. Mack arranged that killing as retaliation because he believed Fields was responsible for killing his brother in 1996, said Deputy District Attorney Ron Goudy.
Jackson was himself shot to death in October 2001 in Los Angeles. That murder remains unsolved.
Mack was serving a six-year prison sentence for stealing the insurance money when he was charged with the murders last year. He was convicted March 21.
A former attorney who offered to help the Byrdsongs settle their mother's estate was convicted along with Mack in the theft.
Angela Fawn Wallace, 45, is serving an eight-year prison sentence.