Pampa, Texas - He brutally murdered a Gray County family... And escaped the death penalty. Now, five years after the attacks, you might be surprised how Levi King spending his days in prison. NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos gives us an exclusive look into the mind of a murderer.
28-year-old Levi King's two state killing spree began in Missouri in September 2005... And ended in Pampa, when he walked into a farm house in the middle of the night with an AK-47 and murdered a family he'd never met.
It's a crime that shocked the Texas panhandle. One of the victim's mothers, Sharon Conrad, says, "this one evil act, this one horrendous evil act by one person have affected so many people. There are just too many victims to even count."
King says, "There's really not a day that you can wake up in here and not think about it."
King wakes up every day in the Missouri State Prison.... In the Incentive House... A place where he's given many freedoms because he's behaved well behind bars. Among them...being allowed out of his cell for most of the day.
"You can pretty much wear whatever you want." That's despite his multiple capital murder convictions.
"There are some people who say I should've been hung on the courthouse lawn. I wouldn't necessarily shun anyone who says this isn't harsh enough. I can't necessarily argue with that."
As for why he chose this small town, why he stopped on Highway 70 road, and why he murdered a family who he'd never met... King himself doesn't have an answer.
"It's something that I still can't explain. You can read theories, sort of understand I guess a bit of logic and reasoning. There's one that really resonates with me. It was an outward way of expressing something I would have rather done to myself or have done to myself. All that pent up aggression and rage. It all more or less came to the surface. One of the officers on the stand referred to it as being evil. There was a certain amount of that there... I didn't care about them me or any of it."
But now, five years later, King says he's using his criminal past to help other inmate's futures.
"Prefer to put more emphasis on what gets you to that point. Better prevent it for anyone else I may meet going back out into society."