WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who killed an anti-violence activist and her 9-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Republican-American reports 29-year-old Anthony Rutherford was sentenced Friday in Waterbury Superior Court.

Rutherford pleaded guilty to two murder counts in June in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend, 29-year-old Chaquinequea Brodie, and her daughter, My-Jaeaha Richardson, in their Waterbury apartment in August 2017. Brodie's 2-year-old daughter was found unharmed at the scene.

Neighbors heard yelling coming from the apartment shortly before the killings.

Brodie's sister, Alyssiah Wiley, an Eastern Connecticut State University student, was killed in 2013 by her boyfriend, who also is serving life in prison.

After Wiley was killed, Brodie and her mother started Mothers of Victim's Equality, a group that educates about dating and domestic violence.