Connecticut serial killer William Devin Howell gets life

An East Coast drifter, who authorities say killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003 while driving a van he called the 'murder mobile', has been sentenced to life in prison.

William Devin Howell, 47, was sentenced to 360 years in prison by a New Britain, Connecticut superior court judge on Friday, after pleading guilty to six of the murders in September. 

The Hampton, Virginia, native was previously convicted of manslaughter in the death of one victim, Nilsa Arizmendi, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Victims' relatives who spoke during the emotional hearing on Friday had angry words for Howell and described how the killings devastated their lives. 

The killer, a native of Hampton, Virginia, apologized in court, saying his acts were 'monstrous, cowardly and selfish'.

Howell is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history - not counting mass shootings like the Newtown school massacre.  

William Devin Howell, 47 (pictured), who authorities say killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003 pleaded guilty on Friday in connection with six of the slayings. He'd already been serving a sentence for one of the murders

William Devin Howell, 47 (pictured), who authorities say killed seven people in Connecticut in 2003 pleaded guilty on Friday in connection with six of the slayings. He'd already been serving a sentence for one of the murders

The guilty pleas on Friday confirmed that Howell is the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history (Pictured, victim Nilsa Arizmendi, 33)

The victims' bodies were found behind a strip mall in New Britain(Pictured, victim Marilyn Gonzalez, 26)

The guilty pleas on Friday confirmed that Howell is the most prolific serial killer in Connecticut history. The victims' bodies were found behind a strip mall in New Britain (From left to right: victims Nilsa Arizmendi, 33, and Marilyn Gonzalez, 26)

Howell allegedly committed the killings while driving a van he called the 'murder mobile' (above)

Howell allegedly committed the killings while driving a van he called the 'murder mobile' (above)

The strip mall at 539 Hartford Road where the bodies of the seven victims were found

The strip mall at 539 Hartford Road where the bodies of the seven victims were found

The bodies of his victims, six women and a man, were found buried in a wooded area behind a strip mall at 539 Hartford Road in New Britain. Three bodies were found in

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