After pleading guilty to the murder of Anthony Martinez, a judge today
sentenced serial murderer Joseph Edward Duncan III to his tenth life sentence.Duncan
has already been sentenced to die to three sentences stemming from murders
committed in the state of Idaho by a federal court. Typically, the federal
death system is quicker than California, which currently houses the largest
number of death row inmates in the country.
Riverside County prosecutors filed murder charges in 2007 and extradited
Duncan to face the death penalty. Newly-elected District Attorney
Paul Zellerbach accepted a settlement from Duncan's attorneys to agree to the life
sentence. Although DA Zellerbach said that it was a very difficult decision
to agree to a life sentence, he agreed to that punishment only after the
family indicated that they would agree to the settlement.
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