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Long Sentences Given To 2 Men Convicted Of Quartz Hill Samurai Sword, Baseball Bat Killings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men convicted of murdering five people in a Quartz Hill home with a samurai sword and baseball bat will likely spend the rest of their lives in prison.

Saying evil was standing in his courtroom, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ordered lengthy sentences Friday for 46-year-old Jae Shim and 45-year-old Steve Kwon.

Shim was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, while his friend Kwon was given 125 years to life.

The men were convicted of killing Shim's ex-wife, her two children, boyfriend and a NASA scientist in 2008. Shim had been in a custody battle with his ex-wife. Both defendants had previously pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors said the two men set some of the bodies on fire and burned down the house north of Los Angeles after unintentionally leaving the sword and bat behind.

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