Normally, isn't there a big pre-sentencing investigation and victim impact statements and stuff like that?
Not surprized about the withering rebuke and sentence, but that it occurred so immediately after the verdict.
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Nobody who would have given a victim impact statement wished to speak to the court: Erik Ortiz, NBC, "No victim impact statements". And the prosecution did not seek the death penalty: N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA Today, "Former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh sentenced to life after murder convictions".