DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A former Salvation Army youth basketball coach in northeastern Minnesota will spend at least 12 years behind bars after being found guilty of sexually assaulting two preteen girls.

Thirty-seven-year-old Wendell Anthony Greene of Duluth was sentenced Monday to the maximum sentence under Minnesota sentencing guidelines.

Greene will serve 18 years in prison, with the final six years to be served as supervised release. He will remain on conditional release for the rest of his life.

The judge cited Greene's lack of remorse in giving him the maximum sentence.

Greene's public defender told reporters the sentence is "excessive."

A jury found Greene guilty in September. The girls testified that Greene had sexually abused them in his role as a coach and personal care assistant to the family.