Convicted Murderer Sentenced To Life, No Parole - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Convicted Murderer Sentenced To Life, No Parole

SPOKANE, Wash. – The man convicted of murdering two young adults in 2008 and setting fire to the crime scene in hopes of destroying evidence was sentenced to consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sarah Clark and Tanner Pehl were remembered as young adults with mounds of potential which will go unfulfilled because of their murders. Friends and family members testified for more than three hours about the effect the murders on other lives.

Justin Crenshaw sat motionless and emotionless for much of the sentencing hearing. He stood in a blue jail jumpsuit as Judge Tari Eitzen sentenced him to consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

The bodies of Clark and Pehl were found in a fire damaged home in late February of 2008. The trial of Justin Crenshaw was delayed several times. He was convicted of two counts of aggravated first degree murder on July 27.

Crenshaw's attorney, Chris Bugbee, conceded during trial that his client killed Pehl and Clark, but Bugbee argued Crenshaw suffers from an alcohol disorder that makes him a violent person when he drinks.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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