Arizona man sentenced in deaths of teen, grandma - New York News

Arizona man sentenced in deaths of teen, grandma

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PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the stabbing deaths of a teenager and her grandmother on the Fort Apache Indian reservation.

Martyn Wallen pleaded guilty in July to two counts of second-degree murder.

He was sentenced late last month to 20 years on one charge and 30 years on the other. A federal judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

According to court documents, Wallen broke into a home to steal DVDs when he heard a cough and saw two females lying on a bed. He told investigators he grabbed a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed the grandmother. Her 15-year-old granddaughter had rolled on top of her to try to protect her.

Wallen was 17 at the time. He was tried as an adult.

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