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. paul

    1 life term 10 life terms. It all equals 1 term. Just torture and kill the good for nothing SOB!

    May 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Evangelicide

    @James:
    Believe it or not, it actually does cost more to execute prisoners than to imprison them for life. The cost is incurred through the appeals process. Naturally the cheapest alternative would be for someone to air-hole him in "the yard."

    May 14, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Evangelicide

    The solution is simple– put him in a dress, glue a wig to his head, then force feed Randy Quaid a combination of crack and Spanish fly, and lock the two in a cell together.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. babaloo2010

    I like what China does. Executes over 10,000 criminals a year and then sells the body parts to those in need of transplants! Hey at least the criminal does some "good" and China recoups on the legal costs, and the victims get some justice. It's better than what we do. House the criminal at about $30,000 a year, give them food, shelter, medical and psychiatric staff. Then release them and let them do it all over again. When Gardner beat that 13 yr old some 10 years ago, the psychiatrist who examined him said, this guy should get full 11 years, and wrote that he was not a good candidate to be reahabilitated-basically because he couldn't be. When he killed Amber and Chelsea, he was living about 50 yards from a school WITH is mother, a psychiatric nurse. He was illegally there, yet parole office let him stay. His mother knew his ways, must have suspected something, let him stay with her illegally and kept quiet when Amber was killed and a year later Chelsea is killed from same neighborhood and mother STILL says nothing.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    In our country, we have far more lawyers than we do police officers. When someone breaks the law, he/she is given legal representation in our court system. All it takes is one wrong move by the prosecutor and the villian runs free. It happens every day in our judicial system. Its too tempting for these criminals to commit these crimes, and then if they're caught, they can rely on a botched trial and walk free, only to commit the crime again. Why is it that lawyers who test the law in court are paid a far more decent salary than the policemen who work the streets to support the law are few in number and make far less? Until this changes, I dont think we will ever see a decline in violent behavior in our society.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Carl

    The courts did a plea bargain with him for his admitting the amber killing and leading them to her remains so the family could finally have closure and that is why he got life instead of the death penalty and this was agreed upon by the other family of slain girl.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Evangelicide

    Put a film can of pure heroin in his rectum, put him in the yard, and tell the Aryan Brotherhood that the big, retarded looking guy has a film can full of pure heroin in his rectum.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tekbit

    We no longer need Agatha Christie to solve the Murder Mysteries. We need only to look at our Society, one that ignores those potential threats until they become Terrorists. Too bad so many have to die for the Ignorance.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. john

    Child rapists and killers are not liked in the prison system. Jeffrey Dahmer didn't last long.
    This guy won't either. Proper sentence would be to drop him in the middle of the ocean, preferably shark infested waters.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. impervius

    Its actually much cheaper to keep them in prison for life than use the death penalty.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. from san diego

    He did not get the death penalty due to a plea bargain. If he admitted to the murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois he would not be given the death penalty but serve life sentences with no possibility of appeal or parole. He never would have been brought to trial for the murder of Amber Dubois without his confession. They never would have found her body. Both girls parents agreed to life terms in return for his confession of the murders. There is no opportunity for appeals. The animal will spend the rest of his life in jail. I'm sure this was a very heart wrenching decision for the parents but very brave.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. babaloo2010

    To find Amber, Gardner made a plea deal with authorities with the agreement that none of her death details be made public. He would just plead guilty to murder (as they already had him for Chelsea anyway.) This is why he didn't get death. Because of the plea deal. Now Gov. Schwartenegger is calling for a deeper investigation into the way California makes plea deals. Chelsea's parents are promoting "Chelsea's Law" in order to have an impact on plea deals and such. I also believe we need to execute more criminals and just stop housing them, and having us taxpayers keep on paying.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    This park in Rancho Bernado is such a vibrant place in San Diego. We really need to look at the way some other nations dispense justice as a deterrent. Our TVs, movies and video games have removed the taboo of inhumane behavior. Seeing the removal of a miscreant with all of the gore is no worse than what the media reports 7/24 & simulates for entertainment consumption. This will re-install a 'matter of fact' understanding of crime and punishment into the lost souls mingling among us.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex Pay

    Prisons and jails are mainly for purpose of correction. We do not need people like him. As long as he is alive, he is a bad, negative influence to humanity.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LIB

    This should be the penalty for EVERY murder case!

    May 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
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