- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - An ex-convict charged with killing four women in western Michigan has pleaded no contest to two counts of murder.

Leon Means made the pleas Tuesday in a Muskegon County court in the October 2014 slayings of Anna Lawson and Judy Bushman. No contest isn’t a guilty plea but treated as such for sentencing purposes.

He’s scheduled for sentencing May 26.

Authorities say Means confessed to killing them as well as fatally stabbing his estranged wife, Cynthia Means, 30, and her mother, Linda Herrera, 48, after a 1989 prison escape. The 1989 cases were scheduled for trial on Tuesday but that’s been postponed.

Means was charged in the earlier deaths but the case was dropped. At the time, he was sentenced to 15 years to 50 years in prison for escaping.

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