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Killer of 4 Nevadans pleads guilty to final Carson charges

Killer of 4 Nevadans pleads guilty to final Carson charges

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Salvadoran immigrant who admitted killing four northern Nevadans in 2019 has entered guilty pleas to all remaining related charges in Carson City, the final piece of a plea deal that will spare him from the death penalty and send him to prison for life with no chance for parole.

Carson District Judge James Wilson questioned Wilber Ernesto Martinez Guzman, 22, for an hour on Tuesday to ensure that he understood all the charges, his rights and his possible penalties, the Nevada Appeal reported.

The final eight counts included burglary, possession of stolen property and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm because he is in the country illegally.

Asked why he agreed to plead guilty, Guzman said through an interpreter he did so to avoid the death penalty.

Guzman pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Nov. 9 in Douglas County in the fatal shootings of Connie Koontz and Sophia Renken at their homes in Gardnerville during a two-week rampage in January 2019. He pleaded guilty in Washoe County Oct. 21 to the same charges in the deaths of Gerald and Sharon David in Reno.

Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 28 in Washoe County, March 3 in Douglas County and March 4 in Carson City.