Undocumented immigrant sentenced to life without parole in Nevada murders

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Salvadoran immigrant has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for the murders of two of the four northern Nevadans he admitted killing as part of a plea deal that spared him from a death penalty trial.

A Washoe County district judge sentenced Wilber Ernesto Martinez Guzman, 23, on Monday for the fatal shootings of an elderly Reno couple during a two-week crime rampage in January 2019.

He's scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in Douglas County for the killings of two Gardnerville women, and Friday in Carson City on charges related to property he stole from his victims and sold at a pawn shop there.

Martinez Guzman, who authorities say entered the U.S. illegally at age 16, pleaded guilty to all the crimes last year after prosecutors announced they'd agreed to a plea-bargain agreement in October.

Martinez Guzman had worked as a landscaper for all four victims — Jerry and Sherri David in Reno; and Constance Koontz and Sophia Renken in rural Douglas County.

In addition to four life prison terms with no chance for parole, he faces more than 200 years in prison for multiple burglary, larceny, weapons and stolen property charges.