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Judges Sentences Manchester Man in Double Homicide

MANCHESTER, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--We begin in Manchester where a young man now knows how long he will spend behind bars for his role in the murder of his friend's grandparents.   

Brandon Alhlers helped accused killer Isaiah sweet kill sweet's grandparents.  
 
While investigators say Ahlers didn't physically help sweet allegedly murder his grandparents, they say he still played a huge role in the crime.

He admits to suggesting how to kill them.

Angie Camlin begged the Dubuque District court judge to sentence Brandon Ahlers to the maximum sentence, recalling the scene of her parents dead on their living room sofa.

"Not a day goes by where I don't miss my mother and I feel so sad all the time, thinking our lives would never be the same, she said.

The bodies of Richard and Janet sweet were found by relatives on mother's day last year.

Ahlers admitted to suggesting ways for sweet to kill them including drugging them and even cutting their throats.

"That's the coldest thing I think I have ever heard in my life, said Dubuque District Court Judge, Monica Ackley.
 
Ahlers was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder but made a plea deal to avoid those charges.

"He is someone that cannot be trusted and lacks very basic instincts in caring for human life, said Camlin.

He pleaded guilty to burglary, possessing a weapon, and being an accessory after the fact.

The judge, calling Ahler's actions appalling, gave him the maximum sentence of 18 years in prison.

"Mr. Ahlers what you did do and your involvements in what you did do as Ms. Camlin indicated has left a family without a patriarch and a step-father, said Judge Ackley.

As part of his plea deal, Ahlers will be required to testify against Isaiah sweet.

Sweet will be back in court October 16th. He is facing two charges of first degree murder.
 
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