ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Justice was served Monday afternoon in a double murder that rocked Montgomery County back in 2011.
Curtis Lopez received two life sentences without the possibility of parole for killing his estranged wife, Jane McQuain, and 11-year-old stepson, William McQuain. Immediately after he was sentenced, the judge told him, "It's too bad the death penalty is no longer allowed in Maryland because that's what your crimes warrant."
Lopez plead guilty in January to murdering Jane McQuain in her sleep with a 30-pound dumbbell and a kitchen knife. One day later, he picked up her son, William McQuain, at friend's house before beating him in the head with a baseball bat. Even after Lopez was arrested in North Carolina, he refused to tell police where they could find William's body. It was later discovered by a search team in the woods.
What makes this crime even more horrific is the fact that William referred to Lopez as "Dad." At Monday's sentencing, the victims' family members described pictures of Lopez holding William on his chest as an infant. One family member even held up a quilt that Jane had made from her son's drawings and spoke directly to Lopez.
"I told him that this little boy has touched more people and accomplished more in his eleven years of life than Mr. Lopez has in his 47 years on this planet," said Susan Hicks, Jane McQuain's cousin.
"I'd like to remember Jane and William as that they were everything together. Jane was a dedicated mother. William was a fun-loving, athletic, smart kid. They lived for each other," said William McQuain, Jane's brother.
Lopez didn't say much, but he did speak briefly.
Right before he was sentenced, he turned to the victim's family and said, "I'm sorry for your loss."