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Man sentenced to death in 2015 St. Augustine double murders

The judge to Colley: "Your conduct in this case dictates the harshest penalty of Florida law."

The man who was convicted for murdering his estranged wife and her friend inside their St. Augustine home back in 2015 was sentenced to death Friday morning.

The final say fell on the judge after the jury, who found James Colley Jr. guilty, chose to give him the death penalty back in October.

Colley was found guilty on all counts, including two counts of first-degree premeditated murder of Amanda Colley and Lindy Dobbins.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that there wasn't any justification for the murders, that "the choices he made [were] for his own selfish desires because he couldn't let go," assistant prosecutor Mark Johnson said.

The defense team tried to argue that Colley had illicit drugs in his system and that he witnessed domestic violence as a child and had caring family values.

Colley himself said it was a terrible accident.

Judge Howard Maltz, however, didn't believe him.

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"You characterized what happened in this case as a horrible accident," Maltz said to Colley. "Nothing could be further from the truth based on the evidence in this case ... your conduct, in this case, dictates the harshest penalty of Florida law."

Maltz then sentenced Colley to death.

Colley's attorneys say they will appeal with the ultimate goal of getting a new trial.

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