A Michiana man is sentenced to life in prison yet still maintains his innocence.
Friday Keith Lintz, 29, was sentenced to life without parole. He was found guilty of two counts of first degree premeditated murder after a two week trial a month ago.
Lintz must first serve two years in prison for the felony firearm charge.
He then faces two life without parole sentences.
Friday morning Keith Lintz walked into the courtroom looking like a different man, hardly the same one smiling and giving a thumbs-up during his trial.
John Tarwacki Sr says, “I really believe he knew he did it and everyone knew he did it.”
Only a couple of Lintz's family members, his aunt and uncle, stood by his side during the sentencing. They maintain his innocence but didn’t care to share their story.
Both parents of John and Carolyn Tarwacki spoke before the sentencing.
Carolyn's mother gave an emotional speech and John Tarwacki Sr. asked for an apology. “I only hope and pray someday, maybe today, you will be able to stand-up and say to us… I'm sorry.”
Yet that didn't happen. Lintz only mumbled "I'm sorry for your loss, but I didn't do it. That's all there is to say.”
The judge then reiterated the facts of the trial.
He sentenced him to life without parole, twice
“These sentences are clearly warranted,” says Judge Michael Dodge from Cass County Circuit Court. “The court will comply with its statutory responsibility and impose the sentences that are dictated by Michigan law.”
The family will finally see justice when Lintz is in prison for life, according to Carolyn Tarwacki’s mother, Sharon McKnight. “That's where he needs to be, an eye for an eye.”
Sadly it won't bring back to two lives or bring about forgiveness anytime soon.
“Since he won't admit it maybe it’s harder now. But I haven't really thought about it. But my belief, my faith tells me it’s important to forgive no matter what. I want to do it, I really do but right now I don't feel like I can,” says Tarwacki Sr.
Lintz already signed papers with plans to appeal.