Steven Clippinger sentenced to life without parole in 2012 killings of his brother, sister-in-law


By: Krystal Vivian

A man convicted of killing his brother and sister-in-law will spend the rest of his life in prison after he received his sentencing on Monday, April 20.

Steven Clippinger, 44, received two sentences of life without parole, served consecutively, for the June 2, 2012, murders of Matthew and Lisa Clippinger, according to a news release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

He was also sentenced to 20 years for a count of serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, which is also consecutive to the two life sentences.

Clippinger was found guilty of all three charges on Oct. 1, after a three-day bench trial. In March, Judge Jerome Frese found that the life sentences were appropriate due to aggravating circumstances, according to the news release.

Clippinger said that his ex-girlfriend, Jenifer Leveque, is responsible for the murders.

Leveque was found guilty of assisting a criminal and transfer of a handgun to a felon in connection to the killings and was sentenced to 12 years total in prison.