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Life sentences recommended for men convicted in OKC deaths

Life sentences recommended for men convicted in OKC deaths
Posted at 3:59 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 16:59:59-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Jurors have recommended life sentences for two men convicted in the killings of four people, including a woman featured on the HBO series "Cathouse."

On Friday, the jury in Oklahoma County recommended life in prison without parole for Denny Edward Phillips and Russell Lee Hogshooter. The men were convicted of six counts of first-degree murder in the 2009 deaths of 32-year-old Casey Mark Barrientos, 22-year-old Brooke Phillips, 22-year-old Milagros Barrera and 25-year-old Jennifer Lynn Ermey. Two of the victims were pregnant.

Brooke Phillips was featured on the HBO show about the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nevada.

Prosecutors say Denny Phillips ordered the killing of Barrientos and that the women were killed to eliminate witnesses.

Formal sentencing is set for Aug. 11.