Two sentenced for 2008 Spevak slayings

Two people were sentenced Friday to 40 years each in connection with a the murders of D.C. couple who were slain in their NW home.

Angela Hernandez-Rivera, 23, and Peiro F. Hernandez, 24, were both convicted in connection with the 2008 slayings. A third, Jose Portillo, 23, was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 137 years in prison.

The three are accused of killing Virginia and Michael Spevak. Virginia, 67, and Michael, 68, were killed during a robbery in their home in 2008. Both died from beating and stab wounds, authorities said

“These defendants killed a defenseless couple in order to cover up their heinous crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen. “The robbery and brutal murder of Mr. and Mrs. Spevak, who were both known for their kindness and generosity, was senseless and left a void not only in the lives of the Spevak family members but also in the lives of countless community residents whom the Spevaks had assisted throughout the years.”

Hernandez-Rivera was sentenced for two counts of second degree murder while armed and a burglary charge. Hernandez was sentenced for two counts of second degree murder while armed. Both pleaded guilty to the charges in 2009.