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Connecticut man sentenced to 180 years in triple slaying

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Brett Bednarz in court on Friday. (Journal Inquirer photo) Brett Bednarz in court on Friday. (Journal Inquirer photo)
Brett Bednarz. (East Hartford police photo) Brett Bednarz. (East Hartford police photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

A Connecticut man was sentenced to 180 years in prison on Friday in the bludgeoning deaths of his mother and two other people in what a prosecutor called a fit of hatred and rage.

Brett Bednarz was expected on Friday in Hartford Superior Court.

A jury in January convicted Bednarz of three murder charges in the deaths of his mother, 74-year-old Beverly Therrien, and two house guests - Michael Ramsey and Pamela Johns. The bodies were found in Therrien's East Hartford home on Thanksgiving Day 2010.

"We are very pleased with the verdict today. We are overjoyed," said Margie Ramsey, who is Michael Ramsey's sister.

"We were confident it would be taken care of and would be done and justice was served," said Michael Tillotson, whose mother was Pamela Johns.

Bednarz's first trial ended in a hung jury last year.

Prosecutors say Bednarz hated his mother and blamed her for his father's death.

Bednarz denied involvement. His lawyers said there was little evidence linking him to the crime scene.

Reacting to Friday's sentencing, Bednarz's attorney John Walkley said "As I expressed at the hearing, and as Mr. Bednarz expressed himself, he persists in his claim of innocence for these crimes and insists that he loved his mother and would never hurt her in any way."

 "It was a long journey. It took a lot out of all of our families as well as the other two victims families but we're glad this day came," Ramsey said.

Bednarz's attorney said his client will pursue all avenues of appeal.

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