Man says he killed married couple in self-defense

A man charged with killing his former neighbors and hiding their bodies in the woods northeast of Seattle in 2016 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.


Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Bruce Weiss sentenced John Reed Friday in the shooting deaths of 46-year-old Monique Patenaude and 45-year-old Patrick Shunn near Oso.


Prosecutors say Reed executed Patenaude and Shunn, and that Reed and his brother, Tony, hid the bodies along a remote logging road before fleeing to Mexico.


Prosecutors say the couple was slain over a property feud and that Reed had been illegally squatting on his former land.


Reed testified that he was forced to act in self-defense. He did not speak in court Friday.


Reed's brother was sentenced to 14 months in jail after pleading guilty to helping hide the bodies and leading investigators to the graves.

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