An Uber driver admitted to murdering six strangers over the course of one day between rides. In a Kalamazoo, Michigan courtroom Monday, Jason Dalton, 48, told a judge: ‘I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while.’ Dalton admitted to shooting Tiana Carruthers, 25, in a parking lot on February 20, 2016 – then admitted to gunning down father and son Rich, 53, and Tyler Smith, 17, later that night in a different parking lot.
He then gunned down Mary Lou Nye, 62, Mary Jo Nye, 60, Dorothy “Judy” Brown, 74, and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, in a restaurant parking lot – where he also shot a 14-year-old girl who survived. In between killings, Dalton picked up other Uber fares who he did not kill
In court, Dalton answered ‘yes’ to a series of questions, admitting that he shot eight people, six of which died, at three locations in February 2016. Dalton used a 9mm handgun in she shootings, according to Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting.
There was no sentencing agreements that hinged on Dalton’s guilty pleas. He faces a mandatory life sentence in prison for each of his first-degree murder convictions.