This story was updated at 10:11 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2009 to correct a name.
BARSTOW • A man convicted of a Barstow-area 2003 double murder will spend the rest of his life in prison without possibility of parole.
Judge Steve Mapes at the Barstow courthouse sentenced Kenden Ige, 28, Monday to two consecutive life terms without parole in the killing of Haang "Edward" Chin, 25, Cheuk "Alan" Cheung, 22. Ige and the two victims were all from the San Gabriel Valley.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Brown called the sentence "a long time in coming." Ige was arrested in 2004 and convicted on two counts of murder in February of 2008 after a five-month trial.
The victims' charred bodies were found near Interstate 15 and Lenwood Road in 2003. Cheung had a wire wrapped around his neck and both had plastic on their faces and heads, according to previous reports. Deputy District Attorney Robert Brown said Cheung died of strangulation and Chin died of suffocation or asphixiation.
Chin's father, who sat in on the hearing with the assistance of a Cantonese interpreter, declined to comment on the sentence and Cheung's family members were not present.
Ige declined to make a statement to the court prior to his sentencing.
Testimony in Ige's trial suggested that he and the victims were friends who had a falling out over a drug deal, Brown said. He declined to give further details on the case, since two more defendants are scheduled to go to trial.
Lawrence Hughes and Kenden's brother, Garrett Ige, both 24, were arrested in December 2007, and are stilll awaiting trial. Brown said he does not plan to call Kenden as a witness against them.
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