A trio of drifters who pleaded guilty to killing a Canadian tourist in a San Francisco park and a yoga teacher walking his dog have been sentenced to 100, 50 and 15 years in prison.
Morrison Lampley, 24, was charged with first-degree murder in the brutal 2015 killings and on Tuesday was handed the lengthiest sentence of 100 years to life because he was the one who pulled the trigger in both cases.
Lila Alligood, 19, was sentenced to 50 years to life, while accomplice Sean Angold, 25, got 15 years. Angold received the lesser sentence after agreeing to testify against the others.
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Killers’ tears: Morrison Lampley (left), 24, and Lila Alligood (right), 19, were sentenced on Tuesday to 100 and 50 years to life, respectively, for killing a Canadian tourist in a San Francisco park and a yoga teacher walking his dog in 2015
Witness: Accomplice Sean Angold, 25, pictured in court in September 2016, got 15 years after agreeing to testify against the others
The trio admitted to killing Audrey Carey, a 23-year-old backpacker, in Golden Gate Park and Steve Carter, a 67-year-old yoga instructor, on a popular hiking trail in Marin County north of San Francisco.
During a preliminary hearing in September 2016, prosecutors told the court how Lampley, Alligood and Angold killed Carey and robbed the tourist of her possessions after befriending her while she was camping in a remote part of Golden Gate Park to attend the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
Two days after Carey’s murder, the trio shot dead Carter after running into him while the victim was walking his dog, Coco. Carter’s pet was also shot and has recovered.
Emotions ran high at Marin County Hall of Justice during Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, which was attended by family members of the victims who were given a chance to speak, or have their statements read aloud by prosecutors, reported San Francisco Chronicle.
‘She trusted you, you three unspeakable monsters,’ said Isabelle Tremblay, Carey’s mother, in a statement read in the San Rafael courtroom by a prosecutor. ‘And you stole her from me. You are proof that evil exists.’
Steve Carter’s widow, Lokita, said the three defendants did not just kill her husband but also a part of herself, and no punishment seemed adequate.
Mrs Carter, a breast cancer survivor, described the time period between her husband’s slaying and his killers’ sentencing as a 562-day nightmare that had her wishing for death, according to the station KTVU.
Victims: Audrey Carey (left), a 23-year-old backpacker from Quebec, Canada, was shot dead and robbed on October 3, 2015. Two days later, yoga instructor Steve Carter (right), 67, was killed while walking his dog on a hiking trail in Marine County
Carter’s widow, Lokita, said in court Tuesday the defendants did not just kill her husband but also a part of herself
‘This here is the beginning of your very own horror movie that’s not going to end any time soon,’ Carter told the trio.
Carter’s daughter, Emily Hansen, said that because of the defendants’ actions, her father was not there to walk her down the aisle when she got married, and all because they wanted to steal a handful of cash and his station wagon.
‘When I have kids, they will never be able to know their grandfather. And how do I tell them how he died?’ she wondered.
Alligood, dressed in a tan-and-pink jail garb with her thick honey-colored hair twisted into a high bun, sobbed while listening to the victim impact statements, and Angold cried as well.
Lampley, the gunman in both murders who was described by his defense attorney during the hearing as a dissolute youth whose life was marred by homelessness, abuse and mental illness, remained impassive throughout the proceedings and stared vacantly into space.
His attorney later read a statement on his behalf in which the 24-year-old convicted killer said he wish he could go back in time and ‘change things,’ and expressed hope that the victims’ loved ones would find peace someday.
Drifters: This undated combination of file photos provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office show, from left, Sean Michael Angold, Lila Scott Allgood, and Morrison Haze Lampley
Angold also had his lawyer read a statement from him asking the families of Carter and Carey for ‘a small measure of forgiveness.’
‘I will spend the rest of my life thinking about the acts that I have done,’ he wrote.
A teary eyed Alligood read her statement herself, telling the court she was ‘truly sorry.’
‘I’m so sorry for what I did, the decisions I made and the indescribable pain I’ve caused others,’ she said. ‘I’m so, so ashamed.’
Angold told the court during an earlier court hearing that he met Lampley and Alligood in late September after the pair had hitchhiked to San Francisco from San Diego, and all three of them came up with a plan to relocate to Oregon to farm marijuana.
Authorities say the trio were living around San Francisco’s Haight Asbury neighborhood near Buena Vista Park when they met Carey, who was visiting from Quebec.
On October 3, Carey had just thanked the trio for being her friends when, according to testimony, Alligood tackled her and Lampley put a gun to her head and fired.
Angold, who was in the process of restraining Carey’s legs, said Lampley told him, ‘She’s dead, dude. Don’t worry about it. Her body was later found in the park.
On October 5, Steve Carter was walking his pet Doberman pinscher in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve near Fairfax, about 20 miles from San Francisco, when the trio of drifters accosted and repeatedly shot him in the head, abdomen and leg for the purpose of stealing his Jetta station wagon.
They also stole a fistful of cash from the victim’s bullet-riddled wallet and used the blood-stained banknotes to buy cigarettes and fuel up Carter’s station wagon.
Alligood, pictured left in court last year and right during her sentencing, sobbed as she apologized for causing the victims’ families ‘indescribable pain’
Prosecutors said Lampley shot both victims with a Smith & Wesson handgun stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area.
The defendants were arrested outside a soup kitchen in Portland, Oregon, after police tracked the GPS in the station wagon they had stolen from Carter.
Investigators and the criminal complaint say they were found with the stolen gun, Carter’s Volkswagen station wagon and Carey’s tent, sleeping bag, day pack, passport and airline tickets.
On Tuesday, Alligood’s defense attorney, Amy Morton, blamed her client’s participation in the carnage on heavy drug use and her ‘twisted’ relationship with her then-boyfriend, Lampley.