The prison sentences for two of five defendants in a 2018 Fayette County double murder were announced Tuesday morning.

District Attorney Andy Hamlin, who presides over the 24th Judicial Circuit of Alabama, overseeing Fayette, Lamar and Pickens counties, prosecuted 35-year-old Lazaro Moran and 36-year-old Lindettia Lowery in relation to the shooting deaths of Hernan Antonio Padilla and Allen Clifford Sandlin.

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The release stated Padilla, 55 and Sandlin, 56, were found shot to death at Padilla's home on May 1, 2018 outside of Carbon Hill.

According to a release, Moran of New Jersey and Lowery of Fairfield, AL both pleaded guilty to the deaths on Friday, following the July guilty plea of Michael Even Council, who is also serving two life sentences for the murders.

According to the release, the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, neighboring agencies and the New Jersey State Police, conducted an extensive investigation, leading to capital murder charges being brought against Lowery, Moran and Council, as well as two other defendants.

The final two defendants in the case, Brandon Dewayne Lowery and Brittany Bell-Spates, also face capital murder charges, which are still pending in the 24th Judicial Circuit Court.

Hamlin said he is pleased the court "was able to put two more violent offenders in prison for this heinous crime" and "will continue to work until all five of those responsible face justice."

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