VIRGINIA BEACH-- A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Monday for the double murder of an elderly couple in July 2011.
Donta Jarma Brown, 37, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 50 years in prison for two counts of second degree murder.
The medical examiner says Eugene McNeely, 80, and his wife Mary, 84, died from blunt force trauma to the head and torso.
The McNeely's daughter, Betty Dorsey told 13News she got worried when her mother didn’t return any of her calls. She says she went to check on them and looking through a window saw her mother on the floor.
A search warrant filed in Virginia Beach courts says Mrs. McNeely's grandson "snatched the phone out of her hand, accusing her of talking about him behind his back. The phone number disconnected,” on the day before she was found dead.
That call, around 1:00 p.m. on July 4, was the last time family would hear her voice.
According to the warrant, a family member got called by the grandson, Donta Brown, around 3:00 a.m. on July 5, saying “he was leaving town suddenly, he had a plane to catch.”
During the investigation, police got a tip that someone of interest was at an Oceanfront hotel. Officers found Brown at the Palm Grove Hotel and Suites and executed a search warrant for the room.
Testing revealed that Brown's DNA was mixed in with the victims' blood at the scene and under the fingernails of the grandmother.
Brown also had large scratches on his back and arms when he was arrested.
The couple's son, Elton McNeely was at sea when his parents died.
"They couldn't hurt a squirrel, and it's so shocking and it's so depressing to see that two wonderful, generous people had to go out like that," said Elton.