A man who murdered four people – three members of the Savvas Savopoulos family and their housekeeper – in their home in an upscale neighborhood of Washington DC has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Daron Wint’s “conduct was heinous, atrocious and cruel,” said Judge Juliet McKenna during his sentencing hearing.
The victims were held hostage, beaten with bats, stabbed, and then set on fire.
Prosecutors say the 2015 murders were motivated by greed and vengeance.
Judge McKenna on Friday called it “the most heinous crime anyone has ever committed in this city”.
The Greek community of Washington was shocked by the tragic incident.
Savopoulos’ grandfather moved from Cappadocia to Chalkis in Greece after the Asia Minor Catastrophe, during the population exchange between Greece and Turkey.
After marrying his wife, he had two children, Philip, and his younger sister. Philip Savopoulos finished school in Chalkis and then moved to the United States to study engineering at the University of Maryland. In 1948, Philip Savopoulos founded the family company, American Iron Works, specializing in large metal structures.
Savvas Savopoulos took over the company thereafter making its profits to drastically increase.
Even though Philip Savopoulos was fluent in Greek, his son never managed to learn the language. Nevertheless, he made sure that his three children knew about their Greek heritage and culture, and always brought them to Greece during their summer holidays. Mykonos was their favorite destination.
Savvas and Amy Savopoulos actively participated in establishing the American Institute of Welding, an organization offering a fresh start to people who have lost their jobs. The Greek-American philanthropist was always trying to help others and his charity work was mostly concentrated in Greece and the United States.
Savvas Savopoulos studied Law at the American University of Maryland but he never practiced the profession. From a young age, he worked alongside his father in construction. At the age of 25, he married his American wife Amy and the couple later had three children, 19-year-old Abigail, 16-year-old Catherine, and 10-year-old Philip, who was murdered along with his parents.