ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The man who killed two young men in Hamlin before setting their vehicle on fire and burning their bodies has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Mason Earle learned his sentence Thursday morning after he was convicted in April on murder charges for the killings of Alex Burrow and Bruce Kane. Prosecutors said Earle shot both men over a dispute about money that Earle owned to Burrow.
In text messages, investigators found that Earle lured Burrow to a location behind a warehouse on King Street in Hamlin in September of 2018.
The meeting was supposed to be about the money that Earle owed. Instead, prosecutors say Earle opened fire, killing both Burrow and Kane. Prosecutors said Kane had no role in the dispute and was more or less an innocent bystander who had given his friend Burrow a ride to the meeting.
After shooting the men, Earle then set the car on fire, leaving behind a grisly scene. Their bodies were not found until the following morning.
”Virtually everything in that car that could have burned, did in fact burn,” said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Schwartz. ” The plastic, the fabric, the tires, the glass… and Bruce Kane. Bruce Kane was burned so badly that when first responders arrived at the scene, they saw a skeleton sitting in the driver’s seat.”
In court Thursday, family members for Kane and Burrow both spoke. Mark Kane, Bruce’s father, called the murders a “heartless and senseless act” while asking for the judge to give Earle the maximum sentence.
Rebecca Burrow, Alex’s mother, added, “We didn’t lose Alex, you took him.”