A Gaston County jury sentenced convicted killer Danny Hembree to death Friday.
A male juror told Eyewitness News it wasn't a difficult decision for him, and it didn't take long for all the jurors to agree on the death penalty for the 2009 murder of Heather Catterton.
After a judge read the sentence Friday, Hembree had a lot to say, shouting, "I love you" to his family. He also apologized to the family of 17-year-old Heather Catterton and asked to read the lyrics to a Johnny Cash song about prison. A portion of the lyrics said, "Prision, I hate every inch of you."
Outside the courtroom, the Gaston County District Attorney praised the jury's decision.
"The verdict said that [Catterton's] life had value," said Locke Bell.
Catterton's father breathed a sigh of relief.
"This is gonna bring closure," said Nick Catterton.
Hembree still faces murder charges in the deaths of two Gaston County women. The district attorney told Eyewitness News he will decide next week whether to try those cases as well.