Michael Bever (center) is led from a courtroom in Tulsa on April 17, 2018 with his defense attorney Corbin Brewster. Bever is one of two brothers accused of fatally stabbing their parents and three siblings in July 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
TULSA, Okla. (AP/Meredith) — A jury in Oklahoma has found the younger of two brothers guilty of fatally stabbing their parents and three siblings.
Michael Bever, 19, was convicted of five First Degree Murder counts and one count of Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill for his role in the 2015 stabbings.
The jury recommended Friday that Bever should go to prison for life, but with a chance of being paroled.
Bever was 16 when authorities say he and brother Robert Bever killed their family members. Robert Bever, who was 18 at the time, pleaded guilty in 2016 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Authorities said Michael and Robert Bever stabbed their family members a total of 141 times.
Michael Bever did not testify in his own defense, and his attorneys relied heavily on the testimony of Robert Bever, who told jurors that he wanted to take responsibility for all of the killings.
Defense attorneys argued that the younger brother was led astray by the older brother.
But prosecutors said Michael Bever should be locked up for life because he was a willing participant in the gruesome killings of his family as well as the attack on a sister, now 16, who survived.
In a videotaped interview that jurors saw, Michael Bever told detectives that he stabbed his 10-year-old brother and his mother.
The Bever brothers' father David, mother April, brothers Daniel and Christopher and sister Victoria were all killed in the stabbings. Sister Crystal survived the attack.