Emotions Run High At Mack Sentencing Hearing

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Over the past few months; during his trial; his attempt to retract his guilty plea; and now in sentencing hearing; we've heard many people tell stories about Darren Mack.

At Thursday's sentencing hearing, we heard from Mack himself.

"They're going to put me in prison for the rest of my life," Mack testified, while wiping back tears. "I just want to make sure my daughter is taken care of. And right now she's getting so abused. She's being told who to love and who not to love."

It was a familiar message from the confessed killer. In an exclusive interview with "Court TV" on Wednesday, Mack talked about how he wanted to make one thing clear to his daughter in case he never sees her again.

"I just wanted her to know no matter what, she should always keep the memory of the experience with her mother and father and just remember that your whole life."

Mack's mother and 19-year-old son Jory took the stand to support his father.

Jory told stories about a loving mentor and successful businessman, who always had a knack for reasoning with his customers.

The shakened teen showed the judge family pictures of Mack and asked the court to consider an emotional message before sentencing his father.

"I love him with all my heart and he loves me," said a teary-eyed Jory. "I can't imagine going the rest of my life without my dad, my mentor and my best buddy. I love you dad."

On Friday, it will be a totally different scene. Judge Weller and Charla Mack's family are expected to take the stand in an attempt to convince the judge to hand out the maximum sentence.