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Gary Hilton Sentenced In Murder Of Hikers In WNC

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

Convicted killer Gary Michael Hilton was given four life sentences Thursday.

Hilton was in U.S. District Court for the kidnapping and murder of two hikers in western North Carolina.  He was also given a 15 year sentence for robbery.

Hilton, 66, pleaded guilty to the murder of the couple in March of last year.

Investigators say Hilton killed John Bryant in the Nantahala National Forest in Macon County, and killed Bryant's wife, Irene, in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County.

In April of 2011, Hilton was convicted in the murder of a woman in Florida.  He received a death sentence for the crime.

Hilton is already serving a life sentence for the murder of a woman in northern Georgia.

A judge ordered Thursday that the federal life sentences be served consecutively with the sentences received in Florida and Georgia.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims and while today's outcome cannot bring back John and Irene Bryant, it is our sincere hope that everyone impacted by Hilton's heinous crime can finally have some closure," said U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins.

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