Circuit Judge Rhonda Nishimura called it a breach of trust, telling Melvin and Denise Wright they had an obligation to provide for their daughter when they committed themselves to being parents.
"You have two parents who are more than well-nourished and this is absolutely inexcusable," Maurice Arrisgado, deputy prosecutor, said. "I hope this sends a clear message."
The Wrights, who were convicted of attempted murder, made no statements prior to receiving their punishment. During the trial in September, they said they did the best they could for their child.
Their then-12-year-old daughter, Indigo, was found emaciated and unresponsive in their Kinau Street apartment. Prosecutors say she was skin and bones, and weighed just 29 lbs.
"She's going to be completely handicapped and dependent the rest of her life and it's all because of those two, the parents," Arrisgado said. "I believe this is a just sentence for their gross misconduct."
Prosecutors want the parents to serve at least 50 years before being considered for parole.
Denise Wright's attorney says her client, who had a rough upbringing, has been judged too harshly by the public.