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Former Michigan man, wife sentenced to life in prison for 2016 slayings of women

Couple convicted of first-degree murder and related charges

Jurors in February convicted Wright and Shephard of first-degree murder and related charges.

MICHIGAN – A former Michigan man and his wife have been sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 slayings of two women during a burglary in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise.

Judge Danielle Viola of Maricopa County Superior Court sentenced Montez Wright and Tichina Shephard on Friday in the Feb. 8, 2016 fatal shootings of 70-year-old Barbara Leslie and 75-year-old Ruth Schwed at Leslie's home.

Jurors in February convicted Wright and Shephard of first-degree murder and related charges. Schwed was a friend of Leslie and was visiting from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Authorities say Wright and Shephard moved to Arizona from Southfield, Michigan in January 2016.

Andrew Lauro of Goodyear pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and burglary and was sentenced to two life prison terms in 2017.