updated 1/31/2009 5:45:30 AM ET 2009-01-31T10:45:30

An upstate New York man convicted of murdering his parents and brother in northeastern Pennsylvania is being spared the death penalty.

A Bradford County jury couldn't reach a unanimous agreement Friday on whether 32-year-old Steven Colegrove, of Deposit, N.Y., deserves capital punishment. That means he automatically gets life without parole.

The bodies of 60-year-old Joseph Colegrove, 56-year-old Marlene Colegrove and 36-year-old Michael Colegrove were found in their home near Towanda on Aug. 8, 2007.

Prosecutors say Steven Colegrove killed his family to collect an inheritance.

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