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Edwards sentenced for murders

Edward Wayne Edwards who confessed in the past two weeks to killing at to killing least five people over 18 years in Ohio and Wisconsin was sentenced to two life terms in prison Monday - his second such sentence in as many weeks.

Edwards was accused of killing Fort Atkinson teen sweethearts Tim Hack and Kelly Drew in 1980. The couple disappeared from a wedding reception at Concord House in Sullivan and their bodies were later found in a wooded area near Ixonia. The murders became a cold case for nearly 30 years, but federal funding allowed such cases to be reinvestigated and semen found on Drew's pants was matched with Edwards' DNA.

Edwards was extricated from his home in Kentucky to Wisconsin last summer and during a recent trial proceeding Edwards admitted to the murders as well as the murder of another young couple nearly 14 years ago in Ohio. He also confessed to killing his step son while living in Ohio years ago.

Edwards has requested to serve his time in Ohio where the death penalty used instead of rotting in a jail cell he said during a recent hearing.

On Monday, Edwards sat quietly during the hearing, handcuffed in his wheelchair about 20 feet from his victims' assembled family. The 77-year-old did not address the family and showed no emotion, spending much of the hearing with his head drooped, facing the ground.

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