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Man pleads guilty to murder of USC students

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:54 a.m. HST, Feb 05, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> One of two men charged with the fatal shootings of two Chinese graduate students in Los Angeles has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

City News Service says Bryan Barnes entered his pleas today in Los Angeles Superior Court and was immediately sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Barnes also admitted two so-called special circumstances that could have made him eligible for the death penalty.

Engineering students Ming Qu and Ying Wu were shot as they sat in a car about a mile from the University of Southern California on April 11, 2012. Both were 23 years old.

Co-defendant Javier Bolden is awaiting trial on murder charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

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sailfish1 wrote:
Life without parole sounds good - let him suffer being imprisoned and make him clean toilets and garbage cans until he dies.
on February 5,2014 | 08:31AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
yeah but then taxpayers have to foot the bill to feed and house the criminal for all that time.
on February 5,2014 | 01:34PM
Mei mei wrote:
unfortunately ! wished they had covered the motive, if any? racially driven?
on February 5,2014 | 03:57PM
cojef wrote:
Perils of living in a big city in the USA. Not a complimentary thought, but reality!
on February 5,2014 | 08:50AM
busterb wrote:
That was a good try SA but Tui still signed with them...
on February 5,2014 | 01:55PM
false wrote:
Yep. USC, right in the heart of the dark jungle. Thought there was a push to relocate the campus to a more safer location.
on February 5,2014 | 02:41PM
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