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Who is Franc Cano? California serial killer gets life sentence for rape, murder of four women

Who is Franc Cano? California serial killer gets life sentence for rape, murder of four women

A serial killer in California will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to raping and murdering four women while he and a friend were both on probation for previous sex offenses.

Franc Cano, 36, fessed up Thursday to four counts of rape and murder that he carried out almost a decade ago over the span of five months with his creep companion Steven Gordon, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Who is Franc Cano? California serial killer gets life sentence for rape, murder of four women
Franc Cano listens to victim impact statements from members of his victims’ families during a court hearing in Santa Ana Thursday.

The pair, who were both previously convicted sex offenders, targeted prostitutes in Anaheim and Santa Ana.

Cano and Gordon even had ankle bracelets on as part of their probation when they carried out the gruesome crimes, police said at a 2014 news conference.

Gordon was found guilty and sentenced to death in 2017.

Cano and Gordon were arrested a month after the body of 21-year-old victim Jarrae Estepp was discovered in an Anaheim trash sorting plant in March 2014, according to police.

The bodies of the other three victims, Kianna Jackson, 20, Josephine Monique Vargas, 34, and Martha Anaya, 27, were never found.

Who is Franc Cano? California serial killer gets life sentence for rape, murder of four women
Family members gather around pictures of their loved ones after Franc Cano was sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities linked Cano to the murders using his GPS monitor and DNA found on Estepp’s body. The GPS data, according to then-Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada, “was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together” in 2014.

Initially, authorities did not connect the four victims to the suspects and classified them as missing persons.

“These individuals were not on our radar whatsoever,” now-former Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas said of the suspects in 2014.

“Our three missing in Santa Ana just completely went off the grid and we were trying to follow up as much as we could.”

By taking the guilty plea, Cano was guaranteed he would not face the death penalty, according to the LA Times.

Who is Franc Cano? California serial killer gets life sentence for rape, murder of four women
Accomplice Steven Gordon went to trial for his role in the rapes and murders in 2017.

Gordon, who represented himself during his trial, said the death penalty was a just punishment for himself and told jurors at one point, “if you kill four people like this in cold blood you deserved to die,” according to the Orange County Register.

The two men were accused of killing a fifth woman, Sable Pickett, 19, but was never charged, the newspaper reported.

Both men were previously convicted of sex crimes against minors under 14 in separate cases before they went on their killing spree. They’d known each other since 2012, when they cut their ankle bracelets and boarded a Greyhound bus before being apprehended by federal agents later that year.

Cano’s lawyer told prosecutors that his client only followed Gordon, whom he referred to as a “alpha dog,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

“From birth, he was a follower,” lawyer Chuck Hasse said of Cano.

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