SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The man charged with the double murder of a Sparta couple in 2002 was sentenced to prison for 20 years by Judge David Rice in Monroe County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Larry Schaffer was also sentenced to 10 years of extended supervision once he's released from prison for the deaths of Kale Kvistad and Connie DeGeorge.
The case dates back to 2002, when the couple disappeared from their home on March 31, 2002.
Hunters discovered their bodies in a remote Monroe County wooded area in December, 2004. Both had been shot to death.
Judge David Rice said in all his years in Monroe County this was the most vicious crime he has seen.
He said it's in the publics best interest that Schaffer receives the maximum sentence possible. Kvistad and De George's families addressed the court before sentencing; they expressed anger toward Schaffer and sadness for the loss of their loved ones.
"He was a part of us and now we are left with emptiness a physical emptiness in our body all the time that can never be replaced," Kari Kjornes, Kvistad's sister said.
Schaffer was also given the opportunity to address the court before his sentencing; he said denied any involvement in the case.
"I don't know these people, I never did ever meet them. So I'm sorry I feel bad for them too but it wasn't me," Schaffer said.
But his attorney the fact that Schaffer agreed to a plea deal should speak to his character because it saved the family the grief of going through a trial.
On January 26, 2011, Monroe County District Attorney Dan Cary announced that Schaffer was under arrest and charged with the deaths of Kvistad and DeGeorge. At the time, Cary stated that even though Schaffer had made statements to others implicating himself in the crimes, it took nine years of work by Monroe County and the FBI to gather enough evidence to bring charges.