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Two half brothers, who took plea deals in a Waterville murder last week, were sentenced on Wednesday.
James and Phillip Allen both pleaded guilty to one count of compliancy to commit aggravated murder. The two admitted they were involved in the May 2013 home invasion and murder of James Safadi. In return, the other charges, including murder, were dropped.
The demeanor of the pair was disturbing before, and even during, sentencing. They were seen joking around and laughing, all while the victim's brother, fiance, and father watched on.
Both Allen brothers were sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years on Wednesday morning.
Safadi's family had a hard time accepting the fact that the Allen brothers could get out of prison after 25 years, but the prosecutor said if this case went to trial, the result would have most likely been the same.
Two other men, Adam Anderson and Ronald Rooker, have already taken plea deals in the case.
Safadi's girlfriend told officials three males broke into their home, stealing an undisclosed amount of money and a ring off her finger. According to a source close to the investigation, seven handguns were also stolen, along with a large amount of ammunition.
"I'm gonna send you to prison and I'm gonna send you to prison for life and while you're sitting in a jail cell think about that - the harm you caused," Judge Myron C. Duhart told the brothers Wednesday.
Judge Duhart told the courtroom that during a pretrial interview James Allen had said he did not care that Safadi had died because people die every day.
"What we told the family is don't think about these individuals anymore because they didn't give James Safadi one second of thought when they killed him," said Lucas County Prosecutor Michael Loisel.
The Allen brothers could be seen joking around and smiling in the courtroom.
"Criminals of this nature, that's the only way they can cope with it. They know that they were guilty. They pled guilty. So what else do they have to do but put forth a tough or cavalier attitude because they have nothing else they can do because they are going to prison the rest of their lives," said Loisel.
Several family members of the Allen brothers were escorted out of the courthouse after the sentencing.