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Barber shop murder suspect Tamik Kirkland sentenced to life in prison

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The Springfield man who broke out of jail, killed a man and shot several people including two officers was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday afternoon.

Tamik Kirkland was found guilty on all 14 counts he was charged with, including the murder of Sheldon Innocent.

The Hampden County Courthouse was heavily guarded as the verdict was read in the Tamik Kirkland murder trial.

Kirkland stood with a blank expression as a guilty verdict was read for all 14 counts.

Kirkland broke out of prison back in April of 2011 after hearing that his mother had been shot in Springfield.

He then went into a Springfield barber shop, shot and killed Innocent, an unintended victim, and seriously wounded the barber, Darryl King.

King was shot 11 times by Kirkland.

"I went through a lot of surgeries and I'm just glad it's all over with," said King.

"Sheldon was my best friend and my first born," said his mother, Emily Innocent.

Innocent's family wiped away tears as they spoke of the beloved father and son.

"He was a good husband, friend and father. I couldn't ask anymore from him," said Innocent's wife, Savannah Sanders-Innocent.

Although Innocent's family said they feel cheated by his death, Wednesday's verdict also brings some sense of closure.

"It's been a long haul this past couple of years and it's finally finishing," said Emily Innocent

Kirkland was taken away in handcuffs and shackles.

He will serve his life sentence at MCI-Cedar Junction located in Walpole, MA.

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