CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2010 slayings of a couple in their southwestern Michigan home.

Keith Lintz, 29, of Niles, was given the punishment during a hearing Friday.

He earlier was convicted of murder in the deaths of Carolyn and John Tarwacki on Feb. 5, 2010, at their Niles-area home.

During his trial, circumstantial evidence was key after several witnesses said Lintz talked about his involvement in the deaths.  

One woman, who was dating Lintz’s cousin, testified that Lintz came to her mobile home a few days after the killing and said he “didn’t want to get caught.” She said he had two guns with him and had fresh injuries.

The victims worked at a music company in Stevensville, supplying and maintaining instruments for music educators throughout Berrien and Cass counties.  

Although little evidence was found at the scene, nearly 800 tips were received, and more than 300 people were interviewed, the attorney general’s office said.

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