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Man pleads guilty to murder of USC students from China

Published on Feb 6, 2014 7:27 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A man accused in the 2012 killing of two University of Southern California (USC) graduate students from China, a crime that stunned the prestigious private school, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to murder charges and was sentenced to life in prison.

Bryan Barnes entered his guilty plea during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. The plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors that spares him the possibility of receiving the death penalty if he had been convicted at trial.

Barnes, 21, was sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole.

The fathers of both victims, Ming Qu and Ying Wu, told the court of the impact the murders had on their families, according to a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

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