TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A man convicted of beating a Lansingburgh couple to death will spend the next 40 years in prison.
Allen and Maria Lockrow were beaten to death in 2014. Their family members were in the Rensselaer County Court on Thursday as the judge handed down the sentence for Daniel Reuter.
Before he learned his fate, Reuter heard from Joe Reilly, Allen Lockrow’s brother.
“There are many days I shake my head in disbelief over the senseless act,” he said. “I ask myself over and over again how someone could be so evil.”
Reilly asked the judge for one thing after watching the trial play out for months.
“Your honor, I ask you put this animal in a cage where he belongs for as long as you possibly can,” he said.
The prosecutor said Reuter along with Jacob Heimroth, who has already been sentenced, were high on cocaine when they broke into the Lockrow’s home and beat them to death with a metal bat and brick.
Reuter accepted a plea deal and testified against Heimroth.
He had nothing to say as he was sentenced by the judge to 40 years in prison for his guilty plea on two manslaughter charges.
On top of the manslaughter charges, Reuter plead guilty to burglary and grand larceny. Heimroth was sentenced to 50 years in prison.