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Convicted Sex Offender Accepts Plea Deal in Killing of Orange County Boy

POMONA—A convicted sex offender pleaded no contest Feb. 22 to two counts of murder in connection with the deaths of two young boys—including one from Anaheim Hills—within a five-year span. Kenneth Kasten Rasmuson is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The 59-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27 at the Pomona courthouse. The plea deal happened as Orange County prosecutors were expected to square off with Los Angeles County prosecutors regarding a proposed dismissal of special circumstances allegations that would have kept the defendant eligible for the death penalty and at least a life-without-parole sentence. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer made the highly unusual move earlier in February to charge Rasmuson for one of the murders, even though he was already facing trial for that murder in Los Angeles County. Spitzer’s prosecutors were poised to take over the Orange County-related …

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