- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A California prison inmate pleaded guilty Monday to the shooting deaths of two Terre Haute women more than 34 years ago.

Harry Rowley, 61, entered the plea agreement to murder charges during a Vigo County court hearing, the Tribune-Star and WTHI-TV reported.

Rowley was charged in the July 1980 slayings of Lucinda Farmer, 29, and Mary Quillen, 28. The roommates were found dead in an alley behind an apartment complex where Rowley also lived, according to authorities.

Vigo Superior Court Judge John Roach set a Jan. 12 hearing for a decision on whether to accept the plea agreement calling for Rowley to receive 30-year concurrent sentences in the deaths.

Investigators reopened the case four years ago and traveled last year to a California prison where Rowley has been serving a life sentence for a separate slaying.

Court documents said Rowley told investigators he had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before he saw the women leaning on his car parked behind his apartment. He told investigators he then went into the apartment to retrieve a gun and shot each of them once.

Rowley stated he then went back inside the apartment to lie down next to his then-wife, court documents said. A couple hours later, he moved his car so his wife wouldn’t see the bodies, and he and his wife left for Indianapolis because he knew the police would be looking for him.

A few days later, Rowley and his wife returned to their apartment, packed up and left Indiana, documents said.

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