Death sentence for man convicted of killing couple & burying them in mom's yard

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Alan Champagne, 46. (Source: Department of Corrections) Alan Champagne, 46. (Source: Department of Corrections)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A jury has handed down a death sentence for a man convicted of killing a couple and burying them in his mom's yard.

On Wednesday, Alan Champagne was sentenced to death for first-degree murder. He was also sentenced to 24 years in prison for second degree murder, kidnapping and concealing a dead body.

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Back in June, a jury found Champagne guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Brandi Nicole Hoffner and second-degree murder in the killing of Philmon Tapaha. He also was convicted of kidnapping and abandoning or concealing a dead body.

Investigators say Champagne fatally shot Tapaha and choked Hoffner to death at his apartment in 2011, put their bodies in the plywood box, poured lime inside it to help the bodies decompose and buried it a half-mile away at his mother's home.

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The big break in the case came in March 2013 when a landscaper at a home where Champagne's mother used to live had discovered the mummified corpses buried in the backyard. 

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