Guilty plea in Henry County bonfire murder

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A Henry County man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of four young people at a bonfire house party.

The quadruple shooting happened in October of 2016 at a house on Moccasin Gap Road.

Jacob Kosky pleaded guilty, but mentally ill Friday afternoon in a standing room only court appearance.

Henry County Superior Court Judge Arch McGarity sentenced 25-year-old Kosky to life without the possibility for parole.

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The district attorney agreed to take the death penalty off the table as part of the negotiated plea.

Mathew Hicks, Keith Gipson, Sophia Bullard, and Destiny Olinger were all killed.

The victim's families told the court how much Kosky and his co-defendant's actions devastated their lives.

"Now due to the careless, evil and violent action of other individuals, I will never be able to see what could have been. What was taken from me is...I will never see him graduate high school or fulfill his dreams, " Father Mark Hicks told the court.

"This is one pain that I couldn't make go away. I couldn't make everything better. I could not protect her like I was supposed. For that reason, I will forever have that feeling of guilt," mother Barbara Olinger lamented.

An attorney for Kosky told the court his client has suffered from psychological problems since he was 3 years old, but District Attorney Darius Patillo said those mental issues did not exonerate him from taking responsibility for these crimes.

Kosky's co-defendant, Matthew Baker has not entered a plea and is still facing the death penalty.

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