Life without parole for Zane Atchison

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 8/30/2013 11:52 pm Published: 8/30/2013 11:27 pm

It took almost 4 hours of deliberation Friday night, but just before 10:30 the jury reached the sentencing verdict for Zane Atchison.

He was given a life sentence in jail without parole on two counts of first degree murder.

We brought you the guilty verdict in the murder trial on FOX23 News at Nine Wednesday.

Prosecutors argued he was paid to kill Patrick Shawn and Kaylyn Kosofsky back in 2011.

No one knows what led the jury to make the sentencing decision they did, but we do know emotions were high in the courtroom during closing statements earlier in the evening Friday.

The prosecution went first, calling Atchison "a ticking time bomb waiting to explode."

It summarized Atchison's past criminal record, hoping to convince the jury that he's a threat to society, and that he should be put to death.

However, the defense said, "We don't have to kill to hold Zane accountable."

The attorney asked for life without parole, and begged the jurors to have sympathy and mercy for Atchison.

He doesn't think Atchison deserves to die, even pointing out that others involved in the kill-for-hire plot aren't facing those consequences.

He left the 12 jurors with one final thought, placing Zane’s life in their hands.

The defense got its wish with Friday's verdict.

FOX23 was in the courtroom, getting reaction from both sides.

We’ll have that for you Saturday on FOX23.

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