James Allen has been found guilty of murdering both Colin Dunford and Julie Davison.
The 36-year-old said nothing as the verdicts were read out and there were cries of 'yes' from the public gallery.
Allen has previous convictions for burglary, and GBH and was jailed in 2004 for burglary in which the occupier was stabbed 4 times.
He has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 37 years.
The judge described James Allen's crimes as "murders of exceptional brutality and savagery".
More top news
Police have released CCTV footage in an attempt to trace two men they want to speak to after a serious fire at Fisher Court in Ripon.
Hundreds of images have been unearthed of soldiers who posed for photos before they went into battle at the Somme.
Newcastle United have bolstered their medical department with two new appointments in the hope of improving the club's injury problems