HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV) -- A day after being found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and second-degree murder, a jury recommended the maximum penalty of life in prison for Kylr Yust.

Formal sentencing is set for June 7.

Kansas City man has been convicted of killing two women nearly a decade apart. A Cass County jury on Thursday found Kylr Yust guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky and second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Jessica Runions.

Following a two-week trial in Harrisonville, a Cass County jury on Thursday night found the 32-year-old guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2007 killing of Belton High Schooler Kara Kopetsky and guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 death of Jessica Runions.

The jury sentenced Yust to 15 years for the voluntary manslaughter charge. His sentence for second-degree murder is life in prison. 

That same jury was back at it Friday morning, hearing testimony in the post-conviction sentencing portion of the trial before deciding how long Yust would spend in prison.

The family members for Kopetsky and Runions spoke, during this phase, about what effect the women's disappearances have had on them, and what they were like. Yust was also allowed to have witnesses speak on his behalf.

Yust told jurors he was with Kara Kopetsky on the day she disappeared ,May 4, 2007, but he claimed his deceased half-brother, Jessep Carter, was there, too. And he told jurors he heard Carter’s voice when he was drunk the night he left a friend’s house with Jessica Runions just before Ruinions disappeared on Sept. 8, 2016. Yust blamed Carter for the murders of both women.

It's Kylr Yust's turn to make his case. Today, the defense took over but the jury spent a lot of time outside the courtroom.