Spring Hill Man Sentenced to Life in Double Murder
He pleaded guilty to the 2014 beating deaths of two senior residents of the Atria at Evergreen Woods.
HERNANDO COUNTY – A former part-time security guard of the Atria at Evergreen Woods was sentenced to life in prison as part of a plea deal in connection with the 2014 beating deaths of two residents of the assisted living facility.
Brian Christopher Murphy, 27, of Spring Hill, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of Murder in the First Degree – Premediated in the deaths of Miriam Lepp, 88, and Joseph Giambrone, 83, who died of injuries they received in the March 27, 2014, incident. Murphy also pleaded guilty to four other charges: Burglary of a Dwelling While Armed – Person 65 or Older, Burglary of a Dwelling w/Assault, Burglary Occupied Structure, and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from an individual at the Atria at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail in Brooksville, about 12:38 a.m. March 27, 2014. The caller said there was a suspect on scene beating up the security guard.
The first deputy arrived about four minutes after the call and went to the scene of the disturbance where he took Murphy into custody.
Witnesses told deputies that Murphy, a weekend security guard at the Atria at Evergreen Woods, entered the facility shortly before being spotted by a nurse who alerted security. While inside the facility, before being detected, Murphy entered the rooms of Ms. Lepp and Mr. Giambrone and battered each of them with a blunt object.
Both were transported by Hernando County Fire/Rescue to a bay area trauma center with life-threatening injuries. They later died from the injuries.
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