- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths of two men whose bodies were found in an eastern Pennsylvania park almost two years ago.

The Pocono Record (https://bit.ly/1eIXp5I ) reports that 30-year-old Luis Vasquez of Pocono Summit entered the plea Monday in Monroe County Court to two counts of third-degree murder.

Defense attorney John McMahon Jr. said his client had considered a mental disability defense but decided to plead guilty in the August 2012 deaths of 55-year-old Bertoldo Velez and 38-year-old Joseph King.

Prosecutors said Vasquez shot the Stroud Township men after meeting them in a Coolbaugh Township park to try to settle a $20,000 debt.

Vasquez remains in Monroe County Correctional Facility without bail as county probation officials assemble a pre-sentencing investigation report.


Information from: Pocono Record, https://www.poconorecord.com/

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