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August 17, 2011

Thedward Candler pleaded guilty today to murder

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 12:25 pm

TORRANCE – A 28-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting and fatally beating a 76-year-old woman in Gardena four years ago pleaded guilty today.

Deputy District Attorney Gina Satriano, head of the Elder Abuse Section, said prosecutors would not be seeking the death penalty against Thedward Candler.

Candler then pleaded guilty to the murder of Severa Madrona and admitted the special circumstances of murder during rape, sodomy and kidnapping.

The victim was out for a morning walk in Gardena on Sept. 18, 2007, when Candler sexually assaulted her and beat her to death. Her body was found dumped in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue in Gardena. She died of a blunt force head wound, prosecutors said.

Candler, who had two prior felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted second-degree robbery, is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to Torrance Superior Court on Oct. 4 for sentencing before Judge James Brandlin.

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