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Man receives 2 life sentences for slayings of elderly couple

COLONIAL HEIGHTS (AP) A judge went above sentencing guidelines and gave a man two life terms for the 2011 bludgeoning deaths of an elderly Colonial Heights couple.

Multiple media outlets report that Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett called the slayings brutal and savage during Friday’s sentencing hearing for 32-year-old Matthew F. Brady.

Brady had been charged with capital murder in the killings of 84-year-old Joseph Bland Sr. and his 80-year-old wife, Evelyn Bland, in January 2011. Police have said the couple died from blunt force trauma.

Brady pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of first-degree murder and two robbery counts.

Sentencing guidelines for each murder charge recommended a prison term of 30 years and five months to 50 years and eight months.

Sharrett also sentenced Brady to two consecutive 25-year terms on the robbery charges.

The case brought earlier rulings on Brady’s status to challenge a search at the residence of his estranged wife and on admission of a new methodology for analysis of DNA evidence.

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