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02/21/05

Life Without Parole for Griffin

Convicted triple murderer DeAnthony Griffin will spend the rest of his life behind bars. WTOC was at the Effingham County Courthouse as Griffin learned his punishment.

Both families know each other and say they understand each other's pain. Neither side believes Griffin got what he deserved.

Griffin was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing David Cribbs, Sr., his 28-year-old son David, Jr., and his 18-year-old daughter Ashley. Police found their bodies on Ebeneezer Road on October 25, 2002.

"Justice hasn't really been served," said DeAnthony's father, Aaron Griffin. "But it will be."

DeAnthony, his parents, and his four sisters all say he is innocent.

Ashley Cribbs' mother, Connie Zenpiska, isn't satisfied with the sentencing either. She says Griffin got more than he gave her daughter. "She can't be at any birthday parties, or Christmases, or Mother's Day," she said. "She was just 18. He had no right to take her life or theirs."

Griffin's family members say they will ask for a new trial. They say there was evidence, not allowed in the trial, which would have cleared him.

The Cribbs family and police say the evidence in the case did clearly point to Griffin.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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