Gary man who killed seven women receives seven life terms – Killer served time for sexual assault, released from Texas prison in 2013

This file photo provided by the Lake County, Ind., Sheriff's Department shows Darren Vann, of Gary, Ind. Vann, who served time in Texas for sexual assault, admitted to killing seven women in a plea deal with Indiana prosecutors. Vann was sentenced Friday, May 25, 2018, to seven life sentences. In entering the plea deal, Vann was spared a death sentence. (Lake County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

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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