ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Vinton man convicted of murdering his fiancé’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend in Roanoke back in 2020 will spend the next 50 years behind bars following his sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

According to the Roanoke Police Department and Roanoke City Circuit Court records, shortly after 4:30 p.m. on March 1, 2020 officers responded a wellbeing check at a home in the 1600 block of Queen Anne Drive SE in connection with an abduction.

When police arrived, they found two people — 42-year-old April Barnicoat of Roanoke, and 44-year-old Eric Surface of Salem — dead inside the home.

Over the course of this homicide investigation, authorities say they identified then-23-year-old William Reno Ray of Vinton — who knew both victims — as a person of interest.

According to search warrants previously obtained by WFXR News, Ray was taken into custody on July 31, 2020 after he confessed to the crimes at the police department.

The documents also show that Ray claimed he was “abducted by several suspects” on the same day that Barnicoat and Surface were found dead, but authorities did not find evidence or surveillance supporting his allegations.

Officials say the Roanoke City grand jury indicted Ray on two counts of first-degree murder on Aug. 3, 2020.

Nearly 20 months later, on March 29, police say Ray was found guilty of both counts of first-degree murder.

Then, on Tuesday, July 19, Roanoke City Circuit Court records say that Ray was sentenced to 50 years for the first count of first-degree murder and 30 years for the second count. However, the judge suspended 15 years from each sentence, which means he will spend a total of 50 years in prison.

Once his sentence is served, Ray faces at least two years of supervised probation.