Driver gets 2 life prison terms in PV killings

Posted at 12:57 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 14:57:57-05

A man convicted in the deaths of a Paradise Valley couple during a 2012 burglary has been sentenced to two life prison terms.

Barry Hassell was sentenced Friday after being found guilty last December on two counts of first-degree murder, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Friday that Hassell's life prison terms will run concurrently and he will eligible for parole after serving 25 years.

The 32-year-old Hassell was charged with felony first-degree murder in the Jan. 30, 2012 killings of philanthropists Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro.

Prosecutors say Hassell was driving another man charged in the case and the men conspired to burglarize homes in the Shapiros' neighborhood.

The man accused of actually killing the Shapiros -- Michael Lee Crane -- awaits trial.