Jury sentences Alan Champagne to death in 2011 killings

PHOENIX - A jury sentenced Alan Champagne to death on Wednesday.

Champagne, 46, was convicted of first- and second-degree murder in the 2011 deaths of Brandi Nicole Hoffner and Philmon Tapaha. Their bodies were buried in the backyard of Champagne's mother's home, but were not discovered until 2013 when a landscaper discovered the buried bodies.

He was also convicted of kidnapping and abandoning or concealing a body. 

Investigators say Champagne shot Tapaha and choked Hoffner to death, put their bodies in a box, poured in lame to help with decomposition and buried it at his mother's home.

A jury sentenced him to death on the first-degree murder charge and 24 years in prison for second-degree murder. 

According to an Associated Press article, a motive for the murders is not known, but Champagne was reportedly high on meth before the killings.

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