Franc Cano is sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of 4 women

A California serial killer will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to raping and killing four women while he and a friend were on probation for previous sex offenses.

Franc Cano, 36, on Thursday confessed to four counts of rape and murder he committed with his sinister companion Steven Gordon over a five-month period nearly a decade ago, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The couple, both registered sex offenders, targeted women who worked as prostitutes in Anaheim and Santa Ana.

Cano and Gordon even wore shackles as part of their probation while committing the gruesome crimes, police said at a 2014 news conference.

Gordon was found guilty in 2017 and sentenced to the death penalty.

Cano and Gordon were suspected a month after the body of 21-year-old victim Jarrae Estepp was discovered at an Anaheim garbage sorting facility in March 2014, police said.

Family members gather around pictures of their loved ones after Franc Cano was sentenced to life in prison.
Family members gather around pictures of their loved ones after Franc Cano was sentenced to life in prison.
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The other three victims – Kianna Jackson, 20, Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, and Martha Anaya, 27, were reportedly never recovered.

Authorities linked Cano to the murders using his GPS monitor and DNA found on Estepp’s body. In 2014, then-Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said the GPS data was “one of the investigative tools we used to piece the case together.”

Authorities did not link the four victims to the suspects, instead considering them missing persons cases.

Accomplice Steven Gordon was tried for his role in the 2017 rapes and murders.
Accomplice Steven Gordon was tried for his role in the 2017 rapes and murders.
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“These individuals were not on our radar at all,” former Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas said of the suspects in 2014.

“Our three missing people in Santa Ana just went completely off the grid and we’ve been trying to trace as much as we can.”

The plea of ​​guilty guaranteed Cano that he would not face the death penalty, according to the LA Times.

Gordon, who represented himself at his trial, said the death penalty was a just punishment for him and once told the jury, “If you kill four people like this in cold blood, you deserve to die,” according to the Orange County Register.

The two men were accused of killing a fifth woman, Sable Pickett, 19, but were never charged, the newspaper reported.

Both men had previously been convicted on separate counts of sex crimes against minors under the age of 14 before they began their killing spree. The two had known each other since 2012, when they cut their ankle cuffs and boarded a Greyhound bus before being arrested by the FBI later that year.

Cano’s attorney argued with prosecutors that his client was just following Gordon’s trail, whom he called an “alpha dog,” the LA Times reported.

“He was a supporter from birth,” attorney Chuck Hasse said of Cano.

With postal wires

https://nypost.com/2022/12/15/franc-cano-gets-life-sentence-for-rape-murder-of-4-women/ Franc Cano is sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of 4 women

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