A winery employee who shot and stabbed to death six relatives and a co-worker in a rampage last year was sentenced to the gas chamber after a plea from his father-in-law for swift and certain justice.

"Why drag this thing out for years?" Robert Richards asked at Ramon Salcido's sentencing Monday. "He admitted he did it. He's showed no remorse."Salcido, 29, was convicted Oct. 30 of the 1989 murders of his wife, mother-in-law, two daughters, two sisters-in-law and a co-worker in California's wine country. He slit his daughters' throats and left them for dead at a dump; one, now 4, survived.

Under California law, the case will be automatically appealed.

California has not executed anyone since 1967. About 280 prisoners are on death row.

Richards, taking advantage of a California law that lets crime victims address the court prior to sentencing, urged Superior Court Judge Reginald Littrell to follow the jury's recommendation for the death penalty.

Salcido showed no emotion as the sentence was announced.