Jury sentences Alan Champagne to death in 2011 killings

Posted at 6:39 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 13:22:15-04

A jury sentenced Alan Champagne to death on Wednesday.

Champagne, 46, was convicted of first- and second-degree murder in the 2011deaths 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.