A shot of Alex Murdaugh on March 2 when a jury announced it found him guilty of charges he killed his wife and younger son | Pool photo by Joshua Boucher

Sentencing is scheduled today for disgraced lawyer Alex Murdaugh, convicted Thursday afternoon of murdering his wife, Maggie, and son, Paul, in 2021.  The minimum sentence for murder is 30 years in prison. Prosecutors will seek a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders, according to news reports.

“It doesn’t matter who your family is. It doesn’t matter how much money people think you have. It doesn’t matter how prominent you are,” said prosecutor Creighton Waters. “If you break the law, if you do wrong, if you commit murder, the state of South Carolina will hold you accountable.”

Alex Murdaugh’s six-week trial in rural Colleton County has gripped the nation. Jurors deliberated for less than three hours Thursday before delivering their verdict. Murdaugh, 54, was found guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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