CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) 05/26 — An ex-convict, released from a Texas prison in 2013 and arrested in Gary, Indiana in 2014, Darren Vann has admitted to killing seven women in a plea deal with Indiana prosecutors and been sentenced to seven life sentences.
Vann was to be tried in October in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy of Hammond, and 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for Vann in their deaths.
In entering the plea deal, Vann was spared a death sentence when he was sentenced Friday.
Authorities say the 47-year-old Vann preyed on women in an area of Gary, Indiana, known as a hangout for prostitutes and drug users.
Vann was arrested in October 2014 as Hammond police investigated the killing of Hardy, whose body was found in a bathtub inside a Hammond motel room.
Vann, who received an “other than honorable” discharge from the Marine Corps in 1993, moved to Gary after his July 2013 release from a Texas prison where he served time on a sexual assault charge involving a prostitute.
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