John Gardner Sentencing: Three Life Terms For Dubois, King Murder
John Albert Gardner Has Been Sentenced to Three Consecutive Life Terms With No Possibility of Parole
John Gardner was sentenced on Friday May 14 to three consecutive life terms for the deaths of Amber DuBois and Chelsea King and the attempted rape of a third person. He will never have the chance to apply for parole.
Gardner had previously pleaded guilty on April 16 to the murders of the two teen girls and he had pleaded guilty to the assault with the intent to commit rape to a third older woman.
Gardner was arrested on February 28, three days after he abducted, raped and stabbed 17-year-old King, and buried her body in a shallow grave, according to court documents.
King had reportedly gone for a run around Rancho Bernardo Community Park, but was never seen again. Her body was discovered in a shallow grave near Lake Hodges in California.
Amber DuBois vanished after walking to her school, Escondido High School on February 13 2009 and police had kept her case open as a missing person. However, Gardner led the police to her body in March after striking a deal with them that they could not use that evidence in court.
John Albert Gardner is a convicted sex offender after molesting a 13-year-old girl in his mother's townhouse about 10 years ago. He was convicted on May 31 2000 for two counts of lewd acts on a child and one count of false imprisonment.