Joseph McEnroe, who was spared from the death penalty by a King County jury, is appealing his sentence.

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Mass killer Joseph McEnroe, who was spared from the death penalty by a King County jury, is appealing his sentence.

On Monday, five days after McEnroe was formally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, defense attorney Katie Ross filed a notice of appeals.

In the notice, Ross said that McEnroe wants the verdict and sentence reviewed by the state Court of Appeals.

“The notice of the appeal is just the notice that he may pursue his appeal. He’ll discuss it with independent appellate attorneys,” Ross said on Tuesday. “It doesn’t mean Joe will ultimately file briefs. It preserves his right to appeal.”

King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O’Toole, who tried McEnroe, calls the appeal “somewhat ironic.”

“He claimed that all he wanted to do was plead guilty to six counts of aggravated murder and receive a sentence of life in prison,” O’Toole said.

McEnroe was convicted in March of killing Wayne, 60, and Judy Anderson, 61; their son Scott and his wife, Erica Anderson, both 32; and the younger couple’s children, 5-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Nathan on Dec, 24, 2007.

The six people were killed as they gathered at Wayne and Judy Anderson’s Carnation-area home for a holiday celebration.

After finding McEnroe guilty, jurors weighed two possible sentences: death or life in prison. The jury was split 8-4 in favor of the death penalty, sparing McEnroe’s life.

A death sentence requires a unanimous verdict.