WEST UNION, W.Va. — A Doddridge County teenager admitted in court Wednesday to shooting and killing his father, mother and younger sister.

Joseph Spencer, 17, of West Union, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder with mercy in connection with the Labor Day 2012 slayings.

SpencerĀ used his father’s 9mm handgun in the murders Frederick Spencer III, 49, his mother Dixie Spencer, 47, and his 9-year-old sister Patience Spencer.

After the case was transferred to adult status, Spencer was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. The plea bargain with prosecutors allowed Spencer to plead guilty to three counts of first degree murder with mercy. Prosecutors are recommending that two of the life-in-prison terms run concurrently and the other consecutively. That would give Spencer a chance for parole after 30 years behind bars.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced by Doddridge County Circuit Judge Tim Sweeney on Feb. 10.

Frederick Spencer was a UPS pilot, Dixie Spencer was a science teacher at Ritchie County Middle School, and Patience Spencer was a student at Doddridge County Elementary School.

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  • Debra

    To all of you that are calling for the death penalty, it wouldn't matter what state he lived in. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles under the age of 18 when the crime as committed can't be executed.

  • chasmo

    Citizens of WV : any chance we could get " some " of Ohio's Sentencing / Executions into our " lifers " ?? Congratulations to the state of Ohio for today's execution !!!

  • Wixcheew

    Please put this POS into general
    population. It did wonders for
    Jeffrey Dahmer!!

  • Kate

    Everyone is so quick to end his life, but does anyone ever bother to ask why he did what he did?
    Yes, it was wrong, and it was horrible. But he tried to reach out for help before, and no one helped him. Perfect little doddridge county was content with ignoring his suffering. His parents paid with their lives. Patience was an unnessary loss. But I'll always love that boy.

  • griff

    Doddridge co calls this justice? Why should this kid have any mercy. Cases like this is EXACTLY why WV needs the death penalty returned. Hope the prosecutor sleeps well after this

  • Brandon

    Doddridge county needs to elect and new prosecutor.

    • Brandon

      *a new prosecutor.

  • David

    What mercy this guy give his nine year old sister? Spend a dollar or two and put a bullet in his head and get it over with. I can accept that mercy.

  • Barry Bledsoe

    Eligible for parole in 30 years? Really? This kid should rot in jail!

  • chasmo

    Bernice : all I can say is , YOU ARE SO CORRECT !! Until society starts taking care of POS like this, " it " will never stop !!

  • blugldmn

    He should never be outside a prison again.

    He should hang.

  • Bernice

    As punishment for ending the lives of three others he should be tortured to death. Cut off his fingers & cauterize the wounds. Force feed him his own flesh until he vomits. Precautions should be taken not to allow him to pass out, to avoid anything approaching mercy.

    Hang his corpse from a tree (or place his head on a pike if decapitated) to serve as a warning to non-Christians who dare tread here.

    • wvtd

      that is not what CHRIST would do.

  • Frank the tank

    Dude deserves the chair

    • wvtd

      rope is less expensive.

  • WVMom

    That's not justice at all. His little sister doesn't get a chance to wake up in 30 years and live her life because he killed her along with his parents. He doesn't deserve to take another breath much less have a chance for parole.

  • chasmo

    lets hope that the inmates APPRECIATE this young POS