MIDDLEBURG, SNYDER COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A central Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to a deadly shooting that killed two people.

The shooting took place outside of a Buffalo Wild Wings just outside of Selinsgrove in July of 2020. The judge then sentenced 57-year-old Christopher Fernanders of Paxinos to life without parole.

It was an emotional day for loved ones of the victims.

57-year-old Fernanders pled guilty to the murders of 46-year-old Heather Campbell and 52-year-old Matthew Bowersox. Fernanders, who has children with Campbell, placed a tracking device on her vehicle and followed them to the restaurant. Fernanders had a protection from abuse order against him by Campbell two weeks before the shooting.

After both victims were shot, a bystander also shot Fernanders several times. Family and friends of the victims gathered at Snyder County Court Thursday afternoon for Fernanders’ sentencing.

Many came forward to share the nightmare they’ve been living the past 18 months. Fernanders sat quietly and did not address the families. He will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

David Campbell, brother to Heather Campbell, says it’s he’s glad their family won’t endure a trial and grateful for the support from law enforcement during this nightmare.

“Their compassion toward our family and their genuineness I believe helped the defense realize there was no other choice and it saved a lot of pain on behalf of our family and we’re very grateful for that,” David Campbell said.

The families say this is a heartache no one should ever go through but they find comfort knowing Fernanders won’t be able to commit these crimes again.

The family asked anyone who is a victim or knows someone facing domestic abuse, should call the Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).