- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Navy deserter charged with the Valentine’s Day killing of a Southern California couple in 2010 pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/1qCNact ) 38-year-old Pasqual Raul Loera pleaded guilty Monday in Santa Ana to two counts of first-degree murder and was immediately sentenced.

Prosecutors say Loera posed as the potential buyer of a car when he went to the Westminster home of 48-year-old Julie Palasko and 49-year-old Dennis Koire on Feb. 14, 2010.

Investigators say Loera then shot and killed the couple, ransacked their home and stole the car. He was arrested near a Nevada casino.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy says Loera confessed to the crimes after his arrest and has shown remorse. McGreevy says the victims’ family members are satisfied with the outcome.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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