Indiana man gets 66 years in April 2014 house fire deaths of his twin 3-year-old sons

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LAFAYETTE, Indiana — A northern Indiana man who pleaded guilty last month to charges stemming from the house fire deaths of his twin 3-year-old sons has been sentenced to 66 years in prison.

The Journal & Courier reports ( ) 32-year-old Brandon Abbott was sentenced Thursday by Tippecanoe Superior Court Judge Steven Meyer. Meyer called the boys' deaths "a heartbreaking case."

Abbott pleaded guilty in March to two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Landon and Liam Abbott died in an April 2014 house fire near the town of Mulberry, about 50 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Defense attorney Thomas O'Brien told the court Brandon Abbott "didn't intentionally try to hurt his children."

Abbott told investigators he had been drinking and used prescription drugs and marijuana the night of the fire.

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