UNION, W.Va. -- A Monroe County man convicted of killing his wife and stepdaughter will spend at least 25 years in prison.Media outlets report that 71-year-old Gerald Richard Allison of Lindside was sentenced Thursday in Monroe County Circuit Court.Allison received a life with mercy sentence for the first-degree murder of his stepdaughter, 42-year-old Melissa Burks-Wills. He was sentenced to 40 years for the second-degree murder of his wife, 65-year-old Dorothy Burks-Masters.
The sentences are consecutive. Allison will be eligible for parole on the life sentence in 15 years. He must begin serving the other sentence if he's granted parole. Allison would be eligible for parole in 10 years on that sentence.
Police say Allison shot the women at their home on Jan. 21, 2011. He pleaded guilty last month.