LYONS, N.Y. — A 16-year-old boy was given the maximum prison sentence Monday for the stabbing deaths of a schoolmate and the toddler he was baby-sitting.
Wayne County Judge Maurice Strobridge sentenced Chad Campbell to nine years to life for each murder, to be served consecutively. An adult would have faced a maximum of 25 years to life for each conviction.
Campbell's lawyer said he would appeal.
Campbell was convicted in September of killing Cynthia Lewis, 15, and 17-month-old Curtis Rizzo. Their mutilated bodies were found Aug. 2, 1990, behind the Palymra-Macedon Middle School where Lewis and Campbell had been classmates.
Before the sentencing, Campbell told the judge: "I didn't do it."
Campbell did not testify. His lawyer, James Foley, maintained that another teen-ager, who later committed suicide, had killed Lewis and Rizzo.