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Nigel Saunders Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Mygatt Street Murder

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By Beth Rousseau.
Judge Martin Smith didn't hesitate in bestowing the maximum 25 - life sentence on Nigel Saunders saying that the evidence overwhelmingly establishes Saunders' guilt. Even with closure today's sentencing brings, family members of Jordan Dordell are left mourning their loss.

Mandy Dordell says, "Jordan touched the life of every person he met, be it a life time friend or a stranger he met in passing."

Jordan Dordell was stabbed to death by Saunders' accomplice Julian Talamantez while Saunders was robbing the Mygatt Street home. Dordell's fiance, who was also stabbed and sexually assaulted during the incident says she once considered Saunders a friend making the crime completely unfathomable.

Jordan Dordell's fiance said, "How can you go about doing something so terribly horrible to your family or if you'd even like to lower it, your friend."

In addition to serving 25 years to life for two counts of 2nd degree murder, Saunders will also serve a consecutive 7 years for the assault. District Attorney Gerald Mollen feels that this sentence fits the crime.

District Attorney Gerald Mollen says, "These facts, these crimes were among the worst I've ever seen. I think the crimes sometimes dictate the sentence."

Family members of Dordell say the sentence isn't completely satisfying, knowing nothing will bring Jordan back.

Corey Dordell says, "I feel good that he's not going to be on the streets to hurt anyone else. I'm just mad that he'll still get to live his life whether it's in jail or not. My brother doesn't get to have that anymore."

Nigel Saunders defense attorney Steven Cornwell was not available for comment but he did say that he would be filing for an appeal immediately following this morning's sentencing.