- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

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

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

Brady was charged with killing 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.

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