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27-year-old man sentenced for his role in 2015 triple homicide

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Police on the scene of the triple homicide on Itaska on March 27. Police on the scene of the triple homicide on Itaska on March 27.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Jacobi Temple, 27, was sentenced Wednesday in connection with his role in a triple homicide that occurred back in March of 2015. 

Temple was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of James Lacey, Paige Schaefer, and Tammie Thurmond on March 27.

Temple was one of five people indicted by a federal grand jury in 2015 in relation to two separate drug-related homicides within the city of St. Louis.

Lacey and Schaefer were found shot and killed inside a home in the 4400 block of Itaska in south St. Louis. Thurmond, Schaefer's mother, was found in an alley behind the 4200 block of South 37th Street and later died at the hospital.

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Jacobi Temple, Demante Syms and Samuel Spires, all 23, were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, to possess a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, which resulted in the murder of Thurmond, according to the Department of Justice.

"I'm glad that the justice process is going to start, I'm happy and said," Schaefer's father Dan Schaefer said. "This was my baby girl, it's extremely difficult. His mother didn't deserve that, Jimmy didn't deserve that, it's been horrible."

Dan Schaefer said he was confident those responsible for the shooting would be caught.

Temple was additionally charged with the possession and use of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, resulting in the murders of Lacey and Schaefer.

Brittney Brown was also shot in the head and severely injured. After being shot, Brown called 911 and survived but was hospitalized for a significant amount of time. 

While hospitalized, Brown provided support and assistant to law enforcement, according to court documents. Brown provided a statement during Wednesday's sentencing.

"One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can't change. I was brave, strong, and broken all at once, and I pulled through," said Brown. 

Temple's sentencing is the last of the three named suspects. It concludes a three-plus year investigating and federal prosecution resulting in the convictions of all three charged participants. 

Syms and Spires were previously sentenced to life sentences. Syms' mother Tabitha Hunt was sentenced to a period of supervised release for witness tampering in connection with the homicide investigation. 

United States Attorney's Office, SLMPD, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives helped with this investigation. 

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