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Men get prison for deadly Phoenix home invasion

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Albert & Sophia Quihuis died after a violent home invasion in 2010. Their alleged killers were sentenced 12/19/13. Albert & Sophia Quihuis died after a violent home invasion in 2010. Their alleged killers were sentenced 12/19/13.
PHOENIX -

It was a terrible crime: an elderly couple tied up for hours during a home invasion and both would end up dying from heart attacks.

On Thursday, the two men behind that home invasion learned their sentences.  Both of them received the maximum sentence.

They're accused of three home invasions; robbing and beating elderly couples to feed their drug addiction.  

The judge called this one of the worst cases she's ever seen.

Kevin Taubman was given two life sentences and Lester Dunnings was sentenced to 28 years in prison.  Both were accused of killing Albert and Sophia Quihuis during a violent home invasion back in 2010.

"The brutal and cruel treatment Dunnings and Taubman used on my defenseless elderly parents should not be allowed to happen again.  I ask the court to pass the maximum sentence allowed so they never have the opportunity to cause the pain and suffering my parents and my family have endured to anyone else," said Mary Quihuis-Pomroy.

Quihuis-Pomroy told the judge her parents were married 61 years.  Albert was 90-years-old, his wife Sophia was 87.  Both had heart attacks after being tied up for 18 hours during the home invasion.  One of their daughters found them inside of their Phoenix home.

"I have to live with that whenever that vision comes to my mind I have to say don't think about it... did not deserve to have to live with this the rest of our lives," said Susan Quihuis-Bell.

Sophia died on Christmas Eve 2010.  Albert died days later during Sophia's funeral.  They had six children, 10 grandchildren and spent their free time volunteering for St. Vincent DePaul.

Taubman didn't say anything during his sentencing. 

Dunnings apologized to the family during his sentencing, saying "In my heart, I'm deeply sorry.. there's nothing I can say to bring these people back.  I should have never been there from the start.  I made a poor judgement."

Dunnings was only given 28 years because he made a plea deal with the state.  He confessed to the crime and helped them convict Taubman.

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