PHOENIX - A Phoenix man accused of killing his mother and nephew in 2009 was sentenced to life in prison Friday.
A Superior Court judge sentenced Erick Lampert, 37, to two natural life sentences to run concurrently in the deaths of 61-year-old Sheila Lampert and 14-year-old Loggan Lampert.
According to Phoenix police, Sheila Lampert's body was discovered by her daughter in her home on June 20, 2009. After police obtained a search warrant, Loggan's body was found in a trash container in the backyard of the residence.
Police said both victims had died of blunt force trauma.
During the investigation, police learned that Erick had been on medication for mental illness but apparently had not been taking his medications.
Police said Erick had fought with Loggan around noon that day and Loggan's younger sister, who was there, was so frightened she ran to her mother's house nearby. The family last spoke with Loggan around 2 p.m. and thought everything was fine.
Erick Lampert was arrested two days later in Tempe and charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
He pleaded guilty to the charges on Nov. 8.
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