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May 15, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Amid anguished and angry comments from the parents of his victims, registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III was formally sentenced Friday to life in prison without the chance of parole for the murder and rape of two teenage girls in northern San Diego County. The families of Amber Dubois, 14, and Chelsea King, 17, spoke in court of the bright, hopeful, innocent lives that were violently destroyed by Gardner and of how their broken bodies were discarded like trash. The courtroom in San Diego County Superior Court was packed with family members, investigators and reporters — many of whom had tears in their eyes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego Convicted killer and rapist John Albert Gardner III is being investigated as a suspect in assaults against women and teenage girls in San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, law enforcement officials said Monday. "We believe he's involved in other cases, not necessarily murder," said Lt. Dennis Brugos, head of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department homicide detail. A multiagency "Gardner task force" is at work, he said. Brugos said investigators talked to Gardner for two hours Friday after he was sentenced for the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14, in northern San Diego County.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The 13-year-old girl wanted to ditch school to avoid some bullies. So when her older neighbor, John Albert Gardner III, offered her a ride, she hopped in. They went to his place, he turned on a movie, and then attacked her. Gardner, a former lifeguard, heaved the girl onto the couch and pulled down her pants. When she resisted, he choked her and hit her repeatedly in the face and head, leaving her heavily bruised and vomiting. Gardner eventually pleaded guilty to molestation and false imprisonment charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Amid anguished and angry comments from the parents of his victims, registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III was formally sentenced Friday to life in prison without the chance of parole for the murder and rape of two teenage girls in northern San Diego County. The families of Amber Dubois, 14, and Chelsea King, 17, spoke in court of the bright, hopeful, innocent lives that were violently destroyed by Gardner and of how their broken bodies were discarded like trash. The courtroom in San Diego County Superior Court was packed with family members, investigators and reporters — many of whom had tears in their eyes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III is a focus of the investigation into the death of Amber Dubois, the high school freshman whose skeletal remains were discovered Saturday in northern San Diego County. The Escondido Police Department's announcement Monday was the first time authorities have acknowledged that Gardner, 30, may be linked to the case. Gardner is being held without bail after being charged last week in connection with the slaying of Chelsea King, a 17-year-old from nearby Poway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2010 | By Tony Perry
A 31-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in northern San Diego County in a deal that spares him from the death penalty. John Albert Gardner III, who previously served five years in prison for beating and molesting a 13-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14, both during rape attempts. In exchange for his plea at the hastily arranged hearing, Gardner will be returned to prison for life, without the possibility of parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2010 | By Richard Marosi and Amina Khan
The joggers returned Wednesday morning to the winding trails around Lake Hodges, along with the bird-watchers and the hikers swinging their long walking sticks. They came for the same reason as always, to enjoy a rural retreat amid the bustle of suburbia. But the park had changed. Down a worn path and around a bend was where Chelsea King, a high school senior from nearby Poway, was believed to have been attacked, killed and buried in a shallow grave. Her presumed death -- the coroner has yet to positively identify the body -- has shaken people in a place where many felt sheltered against the grimmer side of life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego Convicted killer and rapist John Albert Gardner III is being investigated as a suspect in assaults against women and teenage girls in San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, law enforcement officials said Monday. "We believe he's involved in other cases, not necessarily murder," said Lt. Dennis Brugos, head of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department homicide detail. A multiagency "Gardner task force" is at work, he said. Brugos said investigators talked to Gardner for two hours Friday after he was sentenced for the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14, in northern San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The sex offender charged with murdering Chelsea King violated parole in 2007 by living near a school, but state officials opted against sending him back to prison because he complied with orders to relocate, according to a summary released Thursday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. John Albert Gardner III was barred from residing within half a mile of an elementary school when his parole officer found him living near a college's day-care center in San Diego County in September 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Michael Rothfeld
State prison officials, drawing fire for destroying the parole file of a man under scrutiny in the disappearances of two teenage girls, reversed their recordkeeping policy Tuesday on orders from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. John Albert Gardner III was charged last week in the suspected killing of Chelsea King, 17, of Poway and is a person of interest, police say, in the slaying of Amber Dubois, 14, who disappeared on her way to school more than a year ago. Her skeletal remains were found Saturday in northern San Diego County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2010 | By Tony Perry
A 31-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to murdering two teenage girls in northern San Diego County in a deal that spares him from the death penalty. John Albert Gardner III, who previously served five years in prison for beating and molesting a 13-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to the murders of Chelsea King, 17, and Amber Dubois, 14, both during rape attempts. In exchange for his plea at the hastily arranged hearing, Gardner will be returned to prison for life, without the possibility of parole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The sex offender charged with murdering Chelsea King violated parole in 2007 by living near a school, but state officials opted against sending him back to prison because he complied with orders to relocate, according to a summary released Thursday by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. John Albert Gardner III was barred from residing within half a mile of an elementary school when his parole officer found him living near a college's day-care center in San Diego County in September 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
The 13-year-old girl wanted to ditch school to avoid some bullies. So when her older neighbor, John Albert Gardner III, offered her a ride, she hopped in. They went to his place, he turned on a movie, and then attacked her. Gardner, a former lifeguard, heaved the girl onto the couch and pulled down her pants. When she resisted, he choked her and hit her repeatedly in the face and head, leaving her heavily bruised and vomiting. Gardner eventually pleaded guilty to molestation and false imprisonment charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
Registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III is a focus of the investigation into the death of Amber Dubois, the high school freshman whose skeletal remains were discovered Saturday in northern San Diego County. The Escondido Police Department's announcement Monday was the first time authorities have acknowledged that Gardner, 30, may be linked to the case. Gardner is being held without bail after being charged last week in connection with the slaying of Chelsea King, a 17-year-old from nearby Poway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2010 | By Richard Marosi and Amina Khan
The joggers returned Wednesday morning to the winding trails around Lake Hodges, along with the bird-watchers and the hikers swinging their long walking sticks. They came for the same reason as always, to enjoy a rural retreat amid the bustle of suburbia. But the park had changed. Down a worn path and around a bend was where Chelsea King, a high school senior from nearby Poway, was believed to have been attacked, killed and buried in a shallow grave. Her presumed death -- the coroner has yet to positively identify the body -- has shaken people in a place where many felt sheltered against the grimmer side of life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
The state Senate approved a package of bills Tuesday in response to the rapes and murders of San Diego County teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, including a measure that would keep violent sexual offenders behind bars longer and require closer supervision for those paroled. Lawmakers dubbed one bill Chelsea's Law in memory of King, who was killed by a previously convicted sex offender after she disappeared while jogging near her home. King's parents actively supported the legislation.
OPINION
November 6, 2010
Before parents shudder at the thought of sex offenders now being allowed to live within 2,000 feet of schools and parks, they should remember the utter lack of evidence that the restriction ever kept a child from being molested. Sexual predators don't stick to a half-mile radius when it comes to finding victims. And making them homeless, as Jessica's Law sometimes did, is more dangerous to the public. That's why Thursday's Superior Court ruling that found sections of the law unconstitutional isn't just good news for ex-convicts trying to find a place in society; it's better for society too. "It's harder to protect the public when he is homeless," a Ventura County prosecutor told The Times three years ago, when a molester there was unable to find housing.
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