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Convicted Killers Get Maximum Sentence for Selah Murder

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YAKIMA, Wash.--Two convicted killers in a gruesome Selah murder receive their sentences Friday.

Michael Gorski and Frank Brugnone will spend at least 20 years in jail for the killing of Carolyn Clift, the maximum sentence.

Carolyn's children shed some tears as they talk about the suffering she went through.

"It did not happen spontaneously, it was a decision that they made and they decided to take her life," said Carolyn's son. "They had no respect for her life."

Several people spoke on behalf of Carolyn during Friday's sentencing. She was brutally murdered in her Selah apartment in 1997.  No family members stood up for Gorski and Brugnone. In fact, some of Gorski's family members even let out a little cheer as the judge handed both men their sentences.

"I know from growing up with him, the man is a predator," said Regan Keeth, Michael Gorski's Step-Brother. "He's an animal, no matter what he says."

Gorski and Brugnone still maintain their innocence.

"I was in Carol's for maybe 10, 20 minutes. 6:45 to 7:15, that's not when she died people," said Gorski.

"We appeal obviously, this man is innocent," said Adolfo Banda, Brugnone's lawyer.

Carolyn's brothers said the family's been hopeful that this day would come, and now his sister can rest in peace.

"He put his hands together and walked in front of me and said I'm innocent, I'm innocent," said Curtis Clift. "I'd like to say to Mr. Gorski you're guilty, you're guilty, you're guilty."

Curtis said there's a sense of calmness that comes with closure.