That Jamir Williams would receive two life sentences for two murders was a certainty.
The only question was whether the Chester man would have to serve them concurrently or consecutively, and Judge John P. Capuzzi on Friday ended that suspense right away.
He ordered Williams, 29, to serve them consecutively, and in addition, sentenced him to 25 to 30 years for related crimes in the murders of two 21-year-old Chester men, Rahim Hicks and Emerson Price III.
"In your case I only see darkness. I don't see a shred of light," Capuzzi said. He said that only a Supreme Court ruling that prohibited executions of the mentally disabled - Williams has an IQ of less than 60 - prevented him from imposing the death penalty.
State law mandated the two life sentences.
In December, Williams was found guilty of first-degree murder in the July 2010 shooting death of Hicks outside a Chester restaurant after the two argued. It was 18 months before police had enough evidence to make an arrest.
In March, he was found guilty of first-degree murder for the October 2010 shooting death of Price as he walked outside a bar.
At sentencing, Williams slouched in his chair between his two defense attorneys, Michael Wiseman and Brian Malloy.
But when Capuzzi told Williams he had 10 days to file appeals in his cases, he did not hesitate to speak up.
"I want to do it all today," he said.