A registered sex offender pleaded guilty to the murder to two teenage girls in northern San Diego County after agreeing to a deal that spared him from the death penalty Friday, the Los Angeles Times said.
John Albert Gardner III, 31, pleaded guilty to the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14. He will return to prison for life without the possibility of parole, in exchange for his plea.
Gardner admitted to kidnapping, raping and stabbing Amber, and to raping, strangling and burying Chelsea after dragging her to a remote area, CBS said. He also admitted to another attempted rape in San Diego last year.
Prosecutor Kristen Spieler said the victims' families agreed to the plea agreement before it proceeded, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said that there would not have been enough evidence to take Gardner to court for Amber's murder without his guilty plea, the Los Angeles Time reported.