Omar Mohamed Kalmio, 28, was sentenced to four consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole by Judge Douglas Mattson in Northwest District Court at the Ward County Courthouse in Minot Tuesday morning.
Kalmio declined to comment following the sentencing, which lasted about 30 minutes. One of his attorneys, Kerry Rosenquist of the Rosenquist and Aronson Law Firm based in Grand Forks and Minot, has said that he will be filing an appeal on behalf of Kalmio but had no further comment.
He was found guilty Feb. 4 of the murders of his former girlfriend, Sabrina Zephier, 19; Sabrina's brother, Dylan Zephier, 13; Sabrina and Dylan's mother Jolene Zephier, 38; and Jolene's boyfriend, Jeremy Longie, 22.
In addition to the four consecutive lifetime terms, which are to be served at the North Dakota State State Penitentiary in Bismarck, "the Court strongly urges the Department of Corrections to prohibit the Defendant from having any contact whatsoever" with the daughter he shared with Sabrina. There is also $1,550 in total fees.
Kalmio, who had a history of violent crime, was working in North Dakota's oil patch at the time of the killings and said he was in the U.S. under political asylum.
According to court documents, a witness said Kalmio and Zephier argued days before she was found dead. Kalmio's co-workers at an oil rig site near Williston claimed he had told them Zephier purposely became pregnant and that she had ruined his life. Authorities said Kalmio described injuries to Zephier that had not been publicly disclosed.
Kalmio and a group of other Somali men were accused of attacking a man in Minneapolis in January 2006, and Kalmio stabbed him three times in the back with a knife. He was convicted of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and sentenced to about a year in prison. Kalmio also was convicted of theft in 2006, and ordered to pay a fine.
Multiple slayings are virtually unheard of in North Dakota, which had only 10 murders and non-negligent homicides in all of 2010 and 24 homicides the next year, according to data compiled by the FBI.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)