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Brandin Kasick gets life in prison for murder of woman, daughter

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 14 2014 09:02:40 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 04:34:45 AM CST

Brandin Kasick pleaded no contest to two counts of first degree murder in Lehigh County Court Tuesday and was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Brandin Kasick pleaded no contest to two counts of first degree murder in Lehigh County Court Tuesday and was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Kasick, 29, was charged with killing 82-year-old Althea Walbert and her mentally-challenged daughter, Jeanette, 59, inside their home in Alburtis in March 2011.

Both women suffered sharp force trauma to the necks, according to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

"I think that it's a sense of closure and justice for the community of Alburtis and the citizens of Lehigh Count," Lehigh County Chief Deputy District Attorney Christie Bonesch told 69 News Tuesday. "It was a complex case, it was a wonderfully thorough and well done investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police to get to this road."

In September 2011, Kasick was arrested at a park in Sarasota, Fla., where he fled shortly after the murders. He was charged with two counts of criminal homicide and one count each of robbery, burglary and theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

According to investigators, Kasick knew the women because he had worked at their house cleaning carpets between 2005 and 2009. Althea was known to carry a lot of cash in her purse and investigators said Kasick had told people it would be easy to rob them.

Kasick told the judge Tuesday, "I was not the one that committed the crime."

Kasick's attorney, Paul Levy, told 69 News it has been difficult for everyone and his heart goes out to the victims and the families affected by this.