Illinois killer sentenced to death for 5 California murders

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An Illinois killer convicted of murdering five women in Southern California has been sentenced to death.

An Orange County Superior Court judge issued the sentence Friday for 54-year-old former Marine Andrew Urdiales.

Urdiales was convicted of killing five women in Southern California between 1986 and 1995.

He was previously sentenced to death for killing three women in Illinois in 2002, but that sentence was commuted to life without parole after that state barred the death penalty.

The California murders went unsolved for years until Urdiales was arrested after he had returned home to Illinois.

A California jury earlier this year recommended Urdiales receive the death penalty.

Associated Press

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