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Teenager gets life sentences for killing Fort Carson soldier, pregnant wife during burglary

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — A 19-year-old convicted of shooting and killing a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife during a burglary was given back-to-back life sentences Wednesday, each with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

Macyo Joelle January was sentenced for the murders of Staff Sgt. David Dunlap, 37, and Whitney Butler, 35, who was three months pregnant, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette (http://bit.ly/1xalLvz ).

The back-to-back sentences mean January will spend at least 80 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. January, who was 17 at the time of the crime and tried as an adult, also was given two 32-year sentences for the burglary.

Dunlap and Butler were killed after they went to their Colorado Springs home to check on a security system that went off. January, who was arrested three days later, argued that he happened upon the scene after the newlyweds were killed.

"I don't care what happens to this kid," Dunlap's younger brother, Jeff Dunlap, said at the hearing. "I didn't know what hate was until this happened."

David Dunlap was attached to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Carson. He joined the Army in 2003 and served in Iraq in 2007 and 2008.

District Judge Deborah Grohs, in giving January the possibility of parole, said state law requires it if the defendant is 17 or younger at the time of the crime.

"But the facts of this case otherwise do not call for leniency in any regard," the judge said.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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