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Former Morton man to serve consecutive life sentences for killing 4 in Tennessee mass shooting

Nicole Hester/AP
Pool The Tennessean
Travis Reinking listens during the victim impact statements at Justice A.A. Birch Building in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Jurors are hearing testimony about whether or not to make parole possible after 51 years in prison for Reinking, the man who shot and killed four people at a Nashville Waffle House in 2018. Jurors on Friday rejected Reinking’s insanity defense as they found him guilty on 16 charges, including four counts of first-degree murder. (Nicole Hester/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)

A former Morton, Ill. man will serve consecutive life sentences for the April 2018 murders of four people at a Tennessee Waffle House.

Travis Reinking, 33, was sentenced to life without possibility of parole in February on 16 counts, including the murders of DeEbony Groves, Taurean Sanderlin, Akilah Dasilva, and Joey Perez at the suburban Nashville restaurant.

On Friday, a Davidson County, Tenn. judge additionally sentenced Reinking to serve his life sentences consecutively, rather than concurrently. An additional 114 years were also added to his sentence. Prosecutors declined to seek a death sentence under Tennessee laws.

Reinking shot a total of eight people with an AR-15 style rifle before he was tackled by a Waffle House customer.

Reinking's firearms were previously seized by the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office after his Illinois FOID card was revoked. This followed Reinking's 2017 attempt to scale the White House fence, purportedly to meet then-President Donald Trump.

Authorities gave four guns, including the AR-15 style rifle used in the Waffle House shooting, to Reinking's father, Jeffrey, for safe-keeping.

The elder Reinking returned the firearms to his son before Travis Reinking moved out of state.

Jeffrey Reinking was charged in Illinois with delivering a firearm to a mental patient, a class 4 felony. He was found guilty by a circuit judge at a bench trial, and is set to be sentenced in Tazewell County next month.

Travis Reinking was previously found incompetent to stand trial due to a schizophrenia diagnosis, but later deemed competent to face charges.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.