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It's life in prison for man convicted in double Lake Oswego homicide

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Ryan Lawrence Anthony, who was convicted of killing an elderly Lake Oswego couple, was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

DNA evidence uncovered by a Lake Oswego Police Department detective 27 years after the killings helped convince a jury to convict the 50-year-old Anthony Aug. 22.

Jurors took less than a day to return the guilty verdict.

He was convicted on all counts, related to the killings of Ottilia and Casper Volk in 1980.

Anthony maintained his innocence during Thursday's sentencing.

Judge Steven Maurer said he was unconvinced by Anthony's claim of innocence, and the Clackamas County Circuit Court judge gave him four life sentences. Anthony and his attorneys did not indicate whether they would appeal the August verdict.

Anthony was arrested by Lake Oswego Police in April. DNA evidence made it possible to indict Ant-hony on four counts of aggravated murder and two counts of felony murder.

Ottilia Volk was 78 and her husband, Casper, was 84 at the time of the stabbings on July 28, 1980. Anthony, who at the time was named Larry Anthony, was divorced from the Volk's granddaughter, who is now named Diann Murphy.

The case was officially reopened in August 2005. Lake Oswego Police Detective Jon Harrington presented the Oregon State Police crime lab with evidence for DNA analysis, with the hunch that it could lead to the killer.

Relatives of the Volks contacted Lake Oswego Police, to see whether evidence from the crime scene could be analyzed.

Harrington found the blood-stained evidence and realized the case could be re-opened.

He gave the crime lab a blood-stained gold towel and a white pillowcase.

In early April, crime lab officials contacted Harrington and said they had matched the DNA to Anthony.

Anthony claimed that he had stopped by the Volks' home, found their dead bodies and attempted to move them because he didn't want other relatives to find the gruesome scene.

Harrington said he was pleased with the results of the sentencing. 'The (Volks') relatives have repeatedly conveyed their appreciation,' he said.

Harrington laughed when asked about how this case compared to those portrayed on hit CBS shows like 'CSI' and 'Cold Case.'

'I've never seen 'CSI,'' he said. 'I don't have an interest in fictional police shows on TV. I guess I'm more interested in the science behind it.'