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Man pleads guilty to murdering two area women

A Northland, Kan., man pleaded guilty to killing two women during a 2011 spree, according to local sources. The man, age 27, has enlisted the assistance of a public defender to mount his criminal defense in the case. Authorities report that the man admitted to killing a 40-year-old woman and another 24-year-old woman. He pleaded guilty to two first-degree murder counts in connection with the slayings. He is also charged with two counts of abandonment of a corpse.

The man had admitted to authorities that he performed the murders, and he expressed his desire to be considered a serial killer. The man reportedly told the officers gruesome details about the killings. Officers said the man also told them he planned to kill more people if he was released. He is being held in the Clay County Detention Center because he could not make his $2 million bond.

Officers report that the man dumped the women's bodies in rural areas after he killed them. One of the women was found along a secluded road in Kansas City in October 2011, and the other was identified after her body was found near Kearney. Both victims had been last seen on the same Kansas City road, and both were found with bleach poured over their semi-nude bodies. Authorities linked the crimes after noticing these common threads.

The prosecutors' case is bolstered by the presence of the man's DNA at the scene of the crime.

It is possible that this man wanted to plead guilty to the murders in order to gain recognition. However, a guilty plea is also associated with shorter prison terms and more lenient sentences, though that is relative when discussing murder cases. The man's admission that he intends to kill again may bias the judge in favor of a harsher prison sentence, even though a guilty plea is generally seen as an admission made in good faith.

Source: The Kansas City Star, "Northland man pleads not guilty in killings of two women," Glenn E. Rice, Feb. 19, 2013.

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