Christopher Eugene Brown, however, will stay behind bards.
Brown was found guilty after an extended trial in August 2004 and sentenced to five consecutive life sentences without parole for the June 24, 2000 asphyxiation death of Irene Arp, and the bludgeoning death of her daughter, Linda Buchanan.
Brown appealed his prison sentence stating his trial counsel was ineffective on a number of points.
Justices disagreed with the grounds for his appeal. However, they did find a portion of his sentencing illegal.
He was sentenced to five consecutive terms of life without parole for two counts of malice murder and three additional terms of life without parole on three counts of felony murder.
“Although not enumerated as error, we find that the three additional life sentences for felony murder are illegal and cannot stand,” court documents stated. “Under the circumstances, we remand to the trial court with direction that the three sentences for felony murder be vacated.”