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. Evangelicide

    Force him to spell check every single comment on this article.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. firing squad

    Yea Mark, Let him suffer 3 meals a day, showers, television, workout rooms. Jorge you're a pinhead!

    May 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. babaloo2010

    I wish that all the prisons would be gassed by terrorists and take care of them all in one fell swoop.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tekbit

    All Prison Gassed is what Hitler did.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    Why let someone live forever behind bars for the public to pay for it. I'm sure killing him would easily save the US tons of money and space.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    "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."

    you in fact, are a dolt. A bullet sure, but you understand death row= 4+ lawyers, a trial and sentencing trial+ all the appeals.... look into it yourself retard.

    death penalty in the USA is more expensive than life in prison

    May 14, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tekbit

    And what if it was YOU..behind those bars..a different perspective i'd imagine.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. babaloo2010

    Yes, but when Hitler gassed, those people were innocent. These criminals in the prisons weren't. You take a life, your life gets taken. That should be the way it is. Maybe when the criminals see that, they would be less inclined to risk their own lives.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ronnie Harper

    An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. Capital punishment is ethically objectionable. The real issues here are his mother harboring him, and the judicial system letting him roam around. We need to change our laws so that once identified, these types of predators are locked up for life. His mother harbored him and almost certainly knew that he was a killer, she's a horrible, horrible person for not registering him at her residence and reporting him to the police.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tekbit

    People spent a Decade in Jail in Texas for One Joint of Pot. Their Education was not "Mainstream"

    May 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JOHN IN AZ

    Death is never a penalty. Death is freedom. Imprisonment, losing one's freedom is punishment, and being in almost any prison, can be hazardous to one's health.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tekbit

    Death has it's Own Rewards, but Who is Competent enough to Decide that?

    May 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sndp

    He's been kept alive because he traded the death penalty for pointing out the body of one of the girls. I guess I am in no position to comment but in the name of 'closure' for the family, he's going to be kept alive. He should be sentenced to death – after a year or two in prison. Then, he'll live each day knowing he's going to get the needle very soon.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tekbit

    If somebody murdered anyone close to me, an Eye for an Eye seems a better solution.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jatow

    We need to find out more from this inmate as to how and why he committed these hanus crimes and then build laws that stave against predators like him to keep our children safe. Information is key. At what point did he become a predator and what signs did we miss to prevent such tragedy from occuring? By killing him quickly, regardless of how much he deserves this form of punishment, we will only find ourselves in the same situation over and over again. He cannot escape his inevitable reckoning with his maker in this life and in the next.

    Our prayers are with the King and Dubois families.

    May 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
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