The last sentence is handed down in Portage's " house of horrors " case. Ronald Benevides, attorney for 27 year-old Michael Sisk, said the 58 year sentence was perhaps less than his client had expected — and Sisks's apology might have had something to do with that. "It seemed to be a sincere apology," Benevides said. "It seems that the judge did take that into account."
Sisk was the leader of three drifters who killed Tammie Garlin last year, and tortured Garlin's 11-year-old son in a Portage rental home. Sisk apologized to his victims, including the boy, and said that he was sorry to Garlin's family for their loss. Two women were also convicted and sentenced to prison in this case. Candace Clark was sentenced to 55 years in prison in November. Michaela Clerc was sentenced in September to 37 years in prison. Columbia County District Attorney Jane Kohlwey said she was satisfied with the sentence.