'You destroyed so many lives': Verrill gets two life sentences for double murder

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Timothy Verrill, left,looks on as he sits next to defense lawyer Matthew McNicoll (Court TV screenshot)

DOVER- Saying he'd never seen this level of "brutality" in his 38 years on the bench, Strafford Superior Court Judge Mark E. Howard sentenced Timothy Verrill today to two consecutive 45 years to life prison terms in the savage stabbing deaths of Jenna Pellegrini and Christine Sullivan in Farmington in January 2017.
The sentencing came following heart-wrenching victim statements from the Sullivan and Pellegrini families, including Jenna Pellegrini's mom Amy Bryan, who grimaced as she pointed to an urn holding her daughter's ashes on the prosecution's table.
"This is all I have left to talk to," she whimpered. "All we have are memories, you were only 32 when you were stolen. Our hearts hurt every day."
Addressing Verrill seated across the room, Bryan lashed out at the man who savagely murdered her only daughter.
"I have nightmares about what you did to her, you brutally stabbed her 43 times," she said her voice rising. "Was she aware of what you were doing to her? Did she call out her children's names? How could you do it? I hope you think of this every day for the rest of your life."
Verrill, wearing handcuffs and dressed in yellow jail garb, declined to offer any statement or apology for what he did when asked to do so by Judge Howard.
Lauren Orlando, Sullivan's sister, read a statement from her brother, Jeff Sullivan, that said, "her murder has caused heartbreak. It's hard to reconcile his (Verrill's) friendship (with my sister) with the murder. I forgive him and hope he gets a chance to turn his life around."
Orlando spoke directly to Verrill, saying "I question how you could do this, she (Christine Sullivan) loved you like a little brother."
Howard called Verrill a "coward" for what he did, because he was afraid Pellegrini was a police informant and he was going to lose his drug business.
During sentencing Judge Howard recounted the viciousness of Verrill's attacks on the women.
"In Jenna Pellegrini's death, the multiple stabs to the neck and chest, the severing of the jugular vein and her carotid artery," he noted. "Of the 43 stabs in total to the back, 14 punctured her lungs. In many of the stabs the force was so great that you fractured her ribs. She was probably asleep when you started, but there's no doubt in my mind that she became conscious and knew what was happening.
"Christine Sullivan suffered a blow to the head that was so severe that it caused a fracture to the occipital bone, one of the most difficult bones in the human body to break it is so thick," he added.
Howard said it was likely Verrill's cowardice, drug use and paranoia that produced such unimaginable violence.

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