Man sentenced for killing brother, sister-in-law

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a northern Indiana man to two life sentences without parole for the shooting deaths of his brother and sister-in-law.

Forty-four-year-old Steven Clippinger of St. Joseph County was sentenced Monday after being convicted in October of two counts of murder. In addition to the consecutive life sentences, he also was sentenced to a third consecutive term of 20 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Clippinger was charged with killing Matthew and Lisa Clippinger at their Mishawaka home in 2012.

Clippinger acknowledged he was responsible for Lisa Clippinger’s death, but has maintained his former girlfriend pulled the trigger in his brother’s slaying. He told St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jerome Frese his conscience was clear and that he wasn’t responsible for his brother’s death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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