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California Serial Killers Were Likely Wearing GPS Trackers

A pair of sex offenders are accused of raping and murdering at least four women while being monitored by law enforcement in California

Police say a pair of sex offenders in California suspected of killing at least four women and possibly a fifth were likely wearing GPS trackers while committing the crimes.

The suspects, Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were required to wear GPS trackers, since both men were previously convicted of separate sexual assaults of a child under 14. The pair were arrested Friday near a trash-sorting facility where the body of one of the women was discovered on a conveyer belt. On Monday the men were charged with raping and killing four women. All of the victims had links to prostitution, and disappeared from Santa Ana and Anaheim.

It’s not the first time that GPS trackers on felons in California have come under scrutiny. In February, the Los Angeles Times reported that prohibition officers noticed widespread glitches with the trackers, often resulting in random alerts or monitored criminals going untracked for days to weeks.

If convicted, Cano and Gordon could face a minimum sentence of life without parole or the death penalty, the Associated Press reports.

[LA Times]

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