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Coeur d'Alene teen convicted of killing dad and brother sentenced to 20 years in prison

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16-year-old Eldon Samuel III faces life in prison 16-year-old Eldon Samuel III faces life in prison
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Update: Eldon Samuel III has been sentenced as an adult in a hearing Monday.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison total for the murders of his father and brother in 2014. 

For the first degree murder of his he brother was sentenced to 20 years fixed and for the second degree murder of his father he was sentenced to 10 years fixed. Those sentences are to run concurrently, meaning he'll serve out the second degree sentence as he's serving the first degree sentence.

He'll also serve an indeterminate sentence for the first degree charge, meaning he'll be eligible for parole after 20 years but won't necessarily get out of prison. 

Previous coverage:

The sentencing of 16-year-old Eldon Samuel III will begin Monday morning in a Kootenai County courtroom. 

Samuel was found guilty back in January of killing his father and brother in 2014 in Coeur d'Alene. 

Samuel's defense argued during his trial that on the night of the murder his father was outside shooting at what he thought were zombies. Public Defender John Adams said Samuel's parents were abusive drug addicts who left their son to care for his autistic brother. Adams said Samuel's father believed zombies were real and one day would come after them. 

“He trained him for the zombie apocalypse. This guy believed zombies were real,” Adams told the jury.

Painting the incident as self defense, Adams says Samuel shot his dad in the stomach after his father had hit him and told him to strip off his clothes and leave the house because zombies were coming for them and they needed to flee. Adams said in court Wednesday that after shooting him in the stomach, Samuel's dad crawled into a bedroom and died. Adams said Samuel then shot him three more times in the head to make sure he didn't come back as a zombie. 

Eldon Samuel Trial: Defense attorney says CDA teen who killed dad and brother was being trained for the 'Zombie Apocalypse'

Adams said Samuel then went into a rage and shot his brother with a shotgun five times and then five more times with a .45 caliber handgun, before he stabbed and hacked his brother with a machete. The prosecution says Samuel's brother was hacked more than 100 times. 

Prosecuting Attorney Art Verharen painted a horrific picture for the jurors saying Samuel's brother was alive through all 10 gunshot wounds and bled to death just like his father. 

"He told police he just didn't want his brother around," Verharen told the jurors. 

Samuel was found guilty of first degree murder for the murder of his brother John and second degree murder for the murder of his father, Eldon Samuel II. 

Sentencing was originally expected to take two days, but it looks like the judge will make a decision on Monday. Samuel could be sentenced to life in prison. 

Follow along during the sentencing hearing with KHQ's Liz Burch on Twitter. 

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