- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A man has avoided the chance of a death sentence by pleading no contest to two counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of an elderly eastern Pennsylvania woman and her mentally disabled daughter.

After the entering the pleas Tuesday in Lehigh County Court, 29-year-old Brandin Kasick was sentenced by a judge to two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Kasick has been held without bail since the March 2011 slayings of 82-year-old Althea Walbert and her 59-year-old daughter Jeannette in their Alburtis home.

Investigators claim Kasick killed the women and stole thousands of dollars from the home, where he had worked for a carpet cleaning company. Prosecutors said DNA linked him to the slayings.

Kasick told the judge he didn’t kill the women.

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