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Archive for Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Killers of homeless men get life without parole

July 16, 2008

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— A Los Angeles judge Tuesday sentenced two women to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing homeless men in a coldblooded years-long scheme for $2.8 million in life insurance money.

Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, grabbed international headlines for their slow-motion murders of two homeless men they lured off the street, housed and cared for for two years, then drove over them with a car for life insurance claims. Prosecutors said the women were abusing a law that says insurers cannot contest life insurance policies after two years.

The women were each convicted in April on two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder for financial gain in the killings of Kenneth McDavid, 50, and Paul Vados, 73. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, a move experts said was because the elderly women probably would die in prison during the lengthy appeals process.

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geniusmannumber1 5 years, 9 months ago

It's true, ragingbear! Because in Douglas County, unlike every other county in the state, the judges just entirely make up their sentences!

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Ragingbear 5 years, 9 months ago

They should have done this crime in Lawrence. The penalty would be 5 years probation, 6 months incarceration, and a $600 fine. But it's ok, they are allowed to keep the insurance money.

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