Man found guilty in 2015 Thanksgiving killing sentenced to life

Man found guilty in 2015 Thanksgiving killing sentenced to life
Steven Varnado is charged with five counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder. (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A man convicted in the 2015 Thanksgiving killing of a Montgomery couple has been sentenced to life in prison.

Steven Varnado was sentenced Friday to serve three life sentences without the possibility of parole in the murders of Anthony Packer, Sherika Packer and the attempted murder of Legarian Huffman, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Montgomery County DA Daryl Bailey says, on Nov. 26, 2015, Varnado and two others went to his neighbors' house believing they were responsible for break-ins at his home in the 2000 block of Endicott Drive.

LeGarian Huffman answered the door and Varnado punched him in the face. Varnado and his family then fought thier way into the home, according to witnesses. Varnado then left and came back to the house with a gun.

When he returned, Varnado shot Anthony Packer and Sherika Huffman Packer in the chest, and LeGarian Huffman in the hand. The Packers died at the scene, Bailey said.

The Packers were inside the home visiting family members at the time of the murders. They left behind a young daughter.

“While I am glad that we were able to get justice for the victims’ families, it does not change the fact that a precious little girl is growing up without her parents,” District Attorney Daryl Bailey said in reference to the Packers’ daughter. “Our citizens are tired of these brutal, senseless acts of violence. I can’t stress enough that violent actions will lead to extreme consequences. And by extreme, I mean facing the stark reality, like Steven Varnado, of taking the rest of your breaths on this earth behind prison walls.”

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