A Maryland judge did not mince words while sentencing the man who murdered his wife and 11-year-old son in 2011, calling Curtis Lopez "monstrous" while sending him to prison for the rest of his life.
Judge Mary Beth McCormack said that it was a shame Maryland no longer had capital punishment, though., when it came to this case.
Lopez, who entered an Alford plea in the slaying of his estranged wife, Jane McQuain, and their 11-year-old son, William, was handed two life sentences Monday with no possibility of parole.
The sentencing came five months after pleading out on charges of killing his wife and son in October of 2011.
McQuain, 51, was found dead inside a Germantown apartment on Oct. 12, 2011, more than two weeks after their son went missing. Less than a week later, William was found beaten to death in the woods off Clarksburg Road.
In court, McQuain's family applauded the ruling and the comment.
"I still sometimes think that this all a horrible nightmare and I will wake up and everything will be fine," said William McQuain. "But I realize that's not going to happen."
The Alford plea that Lopez entered is not a guilty plea; rather, it is an acknowledgement that prosecutors have enough to convict him without actually admitting guilt.
Prosecutors call Lopez among the most vicious and unrepentant killers ever in Montgomery County.
While addressing the court, Lopez offered no admission of guilt or apology for his actions.
"To the loved ones, I'm sorry for your loss," he said.
Prosecutors originally perused the idea of requesting the death penalty for Lopez, but later decided to not do so.