May 14th, 2010
05:27 PM ET

Man who admitted killing two teens gets multiple life terms

Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III was sentenced to three consecutive life terms Friday for the deaths of two teens and the attempted rape of a third victim in a case that has sparked calls for stiffer penalties against sex offenders.

Gardner, 31, pleaded guilty April 16 to the murders of San Diego, California-area teens Chelsea King and Amber Dubois. He also pleaded to assault with intent to commit rape of a third person.

Gardner was arrested on February 28, three days after he abducted, raped and stabbed 17-year-old King, and buried her body in a shallow grave, according to court documents.  She was last seen alive leaving Poway High School. Her car was found at Rancho Bernardo Community Park, where she was known to run on the trails.

Dubois was last seen alive walking to Escondido High School on February 13, 2009. She was considered a missing person for more than a year, until Gardner led authorities to her remains in March in exchange for assurances that it would not be used against him in court.

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  1. Mark Holmes

    WHY keep an animal like this alive for YEARS and YEARS. Like a sick animal he simply put them down. Thankfully most prison systems have a code of conduct that will serve out real justice.

    May 14, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jorge Guzman

    Because Mark, killing him would be the easy way, let him suffer for the rest of his life.

    May 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wendy Gaylord

    For some crimes I'm on the fence about the death penalty. For child killers I say this is why we have a death penalty. We just don't need them on this planet.

    May 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maria

    What’s the difference, in California no one ever gets executed

    May 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HellNJoy

    Too bad this didn't take place in Texas. He'd get the needle for sure!!!!!!!!! More states should be strict like Texas.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    look into it, it's cheaper to cage this animal for life than do the death penalty! Good, we're saving money and he suffers for life. 🙂

    May 14, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Megan

    Let him suffer for YEARS and YEARS...... killing him will just put him out of misery.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bula hawkeye

    why don't we start penalizing the moron judges and social workers who deem these guys "safe" and let them out of jail after the first offense?

    May 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alan

    Death vs Life in Prison – 6 to one... half dozen the other. His life is over and he has been removed from society without parole. Who cares if he rots first or dies tomorrow. If one of the options saves some taxpayer dollars.... lets just do that.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bob

    Skin him alive in public, then let him walk around alive as long as he can last.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Haopy Person in Cali

    Ihave to say, being a victim myself of secual abuse, this monster's punishment was more than he deserved. He will get to live his life until he gets call by the the devil at his death bed. I am glad he was caught and I know that the other prisoners will get to him and he will get punished by them. Nobody who's inarcerated like people of his kind. Gqrdener, I hope you get what you deserve while you are still alive/

    May 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Norma Sorelle

    Why should we pay for this thing to live? Hang him like a dead animal to dry, then bury him in a sewer filled grave. Put that on the front page of every newspaper in the nation. We need to get a lot tougher folks or we will not survive! Our nation is being overrun by illegal immigrants, and criminals that we keep clothed and feed and housed on your and my dollar!

    May 14, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chelsea's Light

    I watched the sentencing and victim impact statements on tv. i do not know any of these people but this was heartbreaking. I think the defendant was trying to force the fake tears he shed. at one point i thought he was asleep. i hope the few days he spends in prison are filled with every horror known to man and then he gets what jeffrey dahmer got: beat to death.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ks

    seems like most of you dont know what your talking about when it comes to the system but us taxpayers spend hundrends of thousands of dollars for prisoners each year by keeping prisons running. execute him and thats one less prisoner to worry about. im not always for the death penalty but in this case hitting close to home i say do it. california does execute prisoners do your homework

    May 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Mike you stated:

    "look into it, it's cheaper to cage this animal for life than do the death penalty! Good, we're saving money and he suffers for life. 🙂 "

    How ignorant are you? How can life in prison be cheaper than a bullet that will run around a dollar or less? That would be cheaper than feeding him one meal in one day. Now the community pays taxes to keep that animal caged, since the prison system is privatized and is payed for by tax payers, providing evermore a drain on society.

    Get your facts straight good sir.

    Mind you, I do know that we would not shoot this guy as a nation, because we like running ourselves into the ground with bad policies.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
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