Aaron Eugene Carlile was formally sentenced to two counts of life without parole in Love County District Court Tuesday.
Carlile, 66, was found guilty during a June trial of first-degree murder in the deaths of his father-in-law, Thomas Monroe “Sonny” Culwell, 78, and his sister, Marion Almenia Culwell, 80.
Following arguments by assistant district attorney Tim Burson and defense attorney Melanie Blackburn, District Judge Wallace Coppedge determined the sentences would run consecutively. Burson said Blackburn asked for the sentences to run concurrently, but it was argued there were two different crimes.
A notice of intent to appeal was filed on behalf of Carlile.
“I met with a member of the family that was there, and she was really pleased with the outcome,” Burson said. “Now the family can move on with their lives knowing justice was served for Almenia and Sonny.”
The brother and sister were found shot to death 1½ miles from their rural residence by Almenia Culwell’s son on May 3, 2013. OSBI agents arrested Carlile a few days later after an interview in which Carlile admitted to shooting the couple with a Super Blackhawk Ruger 44. A long-standing feud with Sonny Culwell was given as a reason.