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Zabawa verdict: Guilty

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Michael Zabawa was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2007 murders of Tracy and Alec Kruger. 

Friday morning, a jury found Zabawa guilty on all 12 counts. Six of those were 1st degree murder and the others 2nd degree murder and pre-meditated murder.

Before the sentencing, the relatives of Tracy and Alec Kruger were allowed to give victim impact statements in front of Zabawa.

Tracy's sister talked about the experience of losing her brother and nephew and said they can "never change what that coward has done to us."

Many other family members also called Zabawa a coward and looked him in the eye while they said it.

"At 18 Tracy decided to quit drinking alcohol," said Tony Kruger, Tracy's brother.  "I find it sadly ironic that alcohol had a part in his death."

"It's not the punishment that fits the crime, but it's all we have," said another one of Tracy's brothers.

"Evil entered that room that night," said Alec's Godmother and Aunt.

The only dry eyes in the courtroom were Hilary Kruger and Michael Zabawa.

Zabawa sat motionless during the entire session Friday. He did not take the stand during the trial, nor did he make a statement during sentencing.

On interrogation tapes, Zabawa initially denies entering the Kruger's home before dawn in February 2007 but then says he went in looking for help after getting his SUV stuck outside.

Zabawa says a man pulled a gun on him, and there was a struggle in the bedroom and a man and a woman were shot. He says it was a pump-action shotgun.

He says he dropped the gun as a child ran by, but he didn't know that child was hit because he was running out of the house.

Thirteen-year-old Alec and his father, Tracy, were shot dead, while his wife Hilary was seriously injured. Zabawa pleaded not guilty to the crimes. His attorney says the confession was coerced.

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