FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo man convicted of murder and arson in the deaths of two people has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

KFGO radio reports that East Central District Judge Norman Anderson on Tuesday handed down the maximum sentence for Ashley Hunter, who was convicted by a jury for the hammer-beating death of 24-year-old Samuel Traut and the stabbing death of 45-year-old Clarence Flowers in 2015.

Cass County prosecutor Birch Burdick said the killings were shocking and unusual for the community.

Hunter’s attorney said the murders were the result of a meth-induced rage. Hunter told Anderson that there’s nothing he can do to take away the pain from loved ones of the two victims.

Anderson said the murders were unprovoked and drugs were no excuse for the crimes.

Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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