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Max sentence for man guilty of killing a mother and daughter
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Brian Everett hung his head low as a judge gave him 33 years to life.
It was the maximum sentence for murdering 39-year-old Nicole Smith and her 12-year-old daughter, Stephanie. A jury also convicted Everett of tampering with evidence.
Jason Gentry, the victims' family member, said, "33 years I think is really good. I don't think he'll have the opportunity to get out with the 33 years, like the judge said, to hurt anyone else or to cause anyone else this kind of issue. I think that was a good sentence, a good birthday for him. I think today is his birthday."
Everett was arrested and jailed in May of 2012. He stabbed Stephanie and Nicole, who he once dated, in his East Price Hill apartment. They were staying with him after their utilities were temporarily shut-off.
The victims' family and the prosecution say Everett showed no remorse.
"The only thing I can say is that I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. It's one of the hardest things that we've ever been through," said John H. Smith, Sr., Nicole's father.
"As I said to the judge, and I meant it, this guy's the poster child for being in prison hopefully for the rest of his life," assistant prosecutor, Dave Prem, said.
Everett claimed self-defense but the jury didn't buy it. Nicole and Stephanie's family call the murders senseless.
"We hope that the young people in this city and other cities stop killing each other because it's senseless and useless," John H. Smith, Sr said.
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