Clayton Eichler has been sentenced to life in prison and no chance at parole for 20 years.
Eichler pleaded guilty on Monday to second degree murder in the deaths of Richele Bear and Kelly Goforth.
The womens’ families gave victim impact statements on day two of the trial, speaking directly to Eichler for most of their speeches.
Following the victim impact statements, Eichler’s lawyer spoke about his addiction to methamphetamine during the time of the murders, blaming his actions on his behavior while high on the drug.
Eichler spoke next, apologizing to both womens’ families and his own.
Richele Bear’s mother cried out while Eichler was walked out of the courtroom asking where her daughter’s body is, to which Eichler quietly replied, “I don’t have that answer.”
Following the verdict, Kelly Goforth’s mother Maxine came forward to say she was satisfied when she heard the judge’s sentence.
“He did something I didn’t expect — he apologized — and that means a lot because my baby was wrapped in garbage bags and a hockey bag, and I thought he had no soul,” said Goforth.
Bear’s family however, says the apology means nothing to them without knowing where Richele’s body is.
“I didn’t believe him. If he really was sorry and he was really sympathetic toward me, he would tell me where my daughter’s body is, and he would let us bring her home,” said Richele’s mother, Michele Bear.
In September 2013 the body of then 21-year old Kelly Goforth was found in a dumpster.
Police arrested and charged Eichler with second degree murder on New Year’s Eve 2013. The charge was later changed to first-degree murder.
Then in May 2014, Eichler was also charged with the first-degree murder of 23-year old Richele Bear.