Judge Clifton Newman sentenced Alex Murdaugh to two consecutive 'Natural life' sentences for the murder of his wife and son Maggie and Paul Murdaugh. The sentencing took place in Colleton County Courthouse in South Carolina today. The proceeding began at 9:30 EST

and lasted about 25 minutes.The lead prosecutor, Creighton Waters, began by submitting sentencing sheets to the judge and announcing that the State had no victim impact people that wish to speak. Mr. Waters continued by summarizing the diabolic nature of Murdaugh's crimes and offering condolences to the victims families, turning toward Buster and John Murdaugh at one point and addressing them directly. Judge Newman then asked the defense if they had any statement to the court. The lead defense attorney, Dick Harpootlian, stated that the defendant would like to address the court. Alex Murdaugh stood up and stated [Good morning your honor]"I'm innocent I would never hurt my wife Maggie and I would never hurt my son Paul Paul Thank you" The judge asked Mr. Murdaugh to step forward for sentencing. Judge Newman spoke for approximately 15 minutes. He described his experience during the trial. He described his past professional relationship with Murdaugh. The judge outlined the lies and "Duplicity" of Mr. Murdaugh's testimony. Judge Newman noted the family history of the Murdaugh rise to prominence in the small South Carolina town of Hampton. The judge explained the impact to the reputation of law enforcement given the Murdaugh's long standing ties to the judicial process. Judge Newman extended Mr. Murdaugh one final opportunity to address the court, to which Alex Murdaugh once again maintained his innocence. Judge Newman proceeded to sentence Alex Murdaugh to two consecutive life terms for the murder of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh. Alex Murdaugh was then released to the custody of the South Carolina Department of Corrections.