Two life terms for man who murdered wife, daughter

TACOMA, Wash. -- A man who murdered his wife and 11-year-old daughter has learned his fate.

Dean Holmes was sentenced Friday to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. Holmes, 40, had pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.

Prosecutors had requested the sentence Holmes was given; they said they {A href=""}would not to seek the death penalty in the case.

The body of Holmes' wife, Kristi, and his daughter, Violet, were discovered in late August after Holmes walked into the Pierce County Jail early one morning and said he fatally shot his wife and child.

Prosecutors said Dean Holmes pulled a .38-caliber revolver from a dresser early the morning before and shot his wife of 12 years four times as she was sleeping in their bed. Violet was sleeping with a friend in the living room and didn't hear the gunshots due to the sound of a fan running nearby.

After the shooting, Holmes reloaded, then woke the girls and drove them to drop the friend off at her home in Auburn.

On his way home, Holmes pulled over and shot his daughter several times as she lay sleeping in the backseat. He then drove to a fast food restaurant, and ordered food through the drive-thru with his dead daughter in the backseat.

He returned home and put Violet's body next to his wife's then got back in the car and drove around aimlessly, prosecutors said. He decided the next morning to turn himself in.