Manatee triple murderer Andres Avalos sentenced to life in prison

Convicted murderer Andres Avalos in court on Monday.

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Convicted triple murderer Andres Avalos has been sentenced to life in prison.

Avalos was found guilty of murdering his wife, Amber Avalos, age 33, their neighbor Denise Potter, age 46, and their pastor James “Tripp” Battle, age 31, in December of 2014.

He was found guilty of first-degree murder for the deaths of Potter and Battle, and was found guilty of second-degree murder for the death of his wife.

Family of the victims are pleased with the sentence, but told News Channel 8 they’ll never truly heal from the trial.

“I think my heart is still broken and it always will be. I’ll never have a complete heart again,” said Rhonda Battle, mother of Tripp Battle. “Even though this is over, and it’s nice to know that it’s over, but I still miss him.”

Due to laws passed last year, a jury must have a unanimous decision to recommend the death penalty.

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