MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two men received life sentences Monday for the deaths of three people in a 2007 home invasion.
Tyvarus Lee Lindsey, 29, and Rashad Raleigh, 33, both of St. Paul, were sentenced to life in prison on three counts of murder and 10 years in prison for one count of firearm possession for the March 23, 2007 incident in federal court.
According to the charges, Lindsey and Raleigh shot and killed Otahl Saunders, 31, his live-in girlfriend Maria McLay, 32, and McLay’s 15-year-old daughter Brittany Kekedakis. The criminal complaint states the three were shot in front of McLay’s two other children, ages 7 and 10, who later ran to a relative’s house for help.
District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen said both men will serve virtually the entire terms of their sentence behind bars.
“There is nothing that would justify anything other than life in prison,” she said, in a release. “You only get one life, and you will be spending the rest of yours in jail.”
Both men were also ordered to pay $19,500 in restitution.