Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw posted a message to Facebook.
“While we are very happy justice has been served, there is no reason to celebrate. These types of crimes devastate multiple families on both sides. We take no joy in a prosecution like this. Neither family will ever be the same and this will always be out there.
“I’m very proud of our detectives who worked night and day on this but now they know they have to go work on other cases similar to this and try to get the same result,” Muterspaw wrote. “I’m also really proud of our patrol officers who were the first responders on this and did a great job in helping bring it to prosecution.
“But make no mistake, this is a sad day for a lot of people. We just all need to do better. Violence simply is not the answer to a disagreement and we really hope and pray this will change. Our community will be better for it.”