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Siblings Get Full Sentence For Killing Stepfather

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A young woman who hatched a plot to kill her stepfather in his Rolando home was sent today to prison for life without the possibility of parole, and her brother got a 25-year-to-life term for carrying out the slaying.

Brae Hansen, now 19, and 20-year-old Nathaniel Gann were both convicted of first-degree murder in the July 19, 2007, shooting death of Timothy MacNeil, a 63-year-old attorney.

Even though it was Gann who pumped four bullets into the victim, Hansen was deemed more culpable. Jurors found true a special circumstance of lying in wait.

Before handing down the sentences, Judge Frederick Link denied motions for new trials and to reduce the penalties.

"It's a tragedy -- two young people who do this to a loved one," the judge said. "These defendants created a lot of victims. It's sad. It's just sad."

Hansen's sister, Erin Ellison, told her younger sibling that she will miss her.

"I'm sorry you didn't have enough love in your life to know that this decision would never be worth it," Ellison said.

The day of the crime, Hansen, then 17, told police that a masked intruder surprised her and her stepfather and shot the victim four times, including a final shot to the back of the head.

Deputy District Attorney George Bennett said police initially treated Hansen as a victim but arrested her when her story fell apart. Gann, then 18, was arrested at his Arizona home the next day.

The prosecutor said Hansen was mad at her stepfather and wanted him dead and called her brother in Arizona to recruit him to help her.

"Brae Hansen started this whole thing in motion," the prosecutor told the judge today. "She couldn't have done it by herself."

Bennett said Hansen only cared about herself, has shown no remorse and "doesn't deserve a bit of leniency."

A tearful Hansen apologized for MacNeil's death.

"I miss my father very much," the defendant said. "I'm so, so sorry about everything that's happened. I'm sorry that I robbed the world of his goodness. I'm sorry that I disappointed so many people."

MacNeil's family members said Hansen stood to inherit half of her stepfather's estate and couldn't stand not being the center of attention.

The family believes Hansen promised Gann a cut of the inheritance.

The defendants' mother committed suicide a year before MacNeil was murdered. 

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