Spc. Kip Lynch was sentenced to serve 80 years in prison Friday afternoon for the 2010 slaying of his wife and baby, hours after the former JBER soldier asked an Anchorage courtroom for forgiveness in their deaths.
Last spring, Lynch was convicted of the 2010 murders of his wife Raquell and baby Kyirsta in South Anchorage.
In addition to Lynch's own plea for mercy Friday, Lynch's sergeant and two other soldiers who served with him in Afghanistan told the court that Lynch was an honorable soldier, saving the lives of men who were under mortar attack.
Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 109 years, while the defense was hoping for 40 years. The maximum term Lynch could have served was 198 years and the minimum was 30.
Lynch could theoretically be paroled after serving two-thirds of his 80-year sentence.
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