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Man receives no mercy for two murder charges

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A Wood County jury on Wednesday rendered two no mercy verdicts for a man found guilty of murdering a couple.

Jeffrey Lyle Sampson, 47, was found guilty on Tuesday of multiple charges in connection with the January 2017 deaths of Shawn and Brandy Hardman, both of Mineral Wells. The charges include two counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary, use and presentation of a firearm during the commission of a felony and wanton endangerment with a firearm.

Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure said he was satisfied with the jury’s decision.

“It’s certainly something we worked hard for and we were asking for and believed to be an appropriate verdict in this case,” he said. “We are pleased that they did return that verdict.”

Sampson will be sentenced on May 23, where the judge will pronounce sentencing for all charges.

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