Man gets 2 life terms for torture-killings of disabled brothers

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A Lancaster man will serve consecutive life terms in prison for torturing and killing two disabled brothers in their city home.

Juan Cristo-Munoz, 19, was sentenced Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and related charges in the February 2017 deaths of 61-year-old Leroy Kinsey and 62-year-old Richard Walton.

The district attorney’s office planned to seek the death penalty if the case had gone to trial.

Prosecutors said Cristo-Munoz and an accomplice broke into the brothers’ home in the 600 block of Poplar Street to steal money.

Kinsey was stabbed at least 10 times when the pair encountered him in the living room, and Cristo-Munoz used a sword to kill Walton, who was stabbed 54 times in an upstairs bedroom, authorities said.

A caretaker who lived in the home escaped and called 911 after hearing suspicious noises. Police found Cristo-Munoz and his accomplice hiding in the basement.

Cristo-Munoz’s co-defendant, 19-year-old Joshua Proper, is awaiting trial on the same charges.

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