Diana Gonzalez says: “I’ve waited 14 years to just fall apart.”
A confessed serial killer pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 1997 murder of a 10-year-old Beaumont boy as part of a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty in California.
Joseph Edward Duncan III entered the guilty plea in Indio to the kidnapping, rape and murder of Anthony Martinez in exchange for life in prison without the possibility of parole. Duncan is expected to be sentenced April 5, when he will face two life sentences.
The plea came after Riverside County prosecutors accepted a plea deal offered by defense attorneys representing the 47-year-old man.
“What is your plea, guilty or not guilty?” Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Downing asked Duncan.
“Guilty,” he said.
The judge said Duncan would have been 70 years old before he could be put to death in California.
Diana Gonzalez dabbed her eyes with a Kleenex at times during the hearing. A few hours later in Riverside she wore dark sunglasses during an indoor news conference. When it was her turn to speak, she rubbed her hands together, stepped to a podium and spoke softly.
“I have no idea what I’m going to say,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t write anything down. I’m just going to speak from the heart, and just let everyone know that … it was 14 years almost, just within two weeks of being exactly 14 years that we’ve waited to get to this point where we’re at now … and it was the longest road that I’ve ever been on.”
She said she agreed to the plea bargain “because it had just been so long, we just didn’t want to wait.”
“I’ve waited fourteen years to just fall apart,” she said. ” … Now we can mourn Tony’s death the way we should have in the beginning. When we buried him we didn’t know who did it.”
Sterling said that Duncan admitted to luring a group of boys at a Beaumont home by asking them to help him find a lost cat “and offered each of the kids $1.”
Duncan then pulled out a knife and forced Anthony into a car before driving 50 miles to a remote desert area in Indio, which is near Palm Desert.
“(Duncan) forcibly removed all of Anthony’s clothing,” the prosecutor read. “My (Duncan’s) intent in touching Anthony was so he could control him to perform sexual acts on him. Joseph Edward Duncan then proceeded to rape Anthony.”
Sterling said Duncan admitted to binding the boy with duct tape before hitting him over the head with a rock, killing Anthony.
“His intention also was to exact revenge against society,” according to the prosecutor.
By pleading guilty, Duncan waives his right to appeal the guilty plea.
“As I understand it relates to this case only,” Duncan told the judge.
Duncan has already been sentenced to death for the killing of an Idaho boy. He also faces six life sentences for kidnapping the boy’s sister and killing three other members of their family.
I read quite a bit on Joseph Duncan. The ‘man’ is despicable. I understand the family wanting to settle this after all these years and since he has already received a death sentence and will be serving life I’d have let the deal go as well.
I would still be happier if he was put to death.
No link for these but if you want to hunt the scumbag’s journal’s here is the info from Wikipedia:
Duncan recorded many of his violent sexual fantasies, even to the extent of becoming a sex offender advocate working for the repeal of sex offender law. He published his ideas on the Internet. He titled it “The Fifth Nail”, which is also the URL for his personal Web site. The website depicted Duncan’s day-to-day life as a sex offender.
Investigators are also considering the possibility that a “Minnesota girl” (Minnesotan) mentioned in his online diary could be related to another minor who is listed as missing.
“The Fifth Nail” advocates for sex offenders and contained material that called for the legal reform law aimed at sex offenders, calling them, “State Sanctioned Discrimination.” Duncan was particularly angered by the requirement for sex offenders to participate in a public registry.
With the help of a “ghost blogger”, Duncan posted to his new blog, “Fifth Nail Revelations”, from prison. He wrote his blog entries by hand and mailed them to the “ghost blogger”, who posted them exactly as written. According to media reports, law enforcement agencies have been watching the contents of the new blog in hopes of gathering incriminating information about Duncan’s crimes, both known and unknown.
The Cellar does go into depth about the journal and all of Duncan’s personalities, so to speak. Duncan was a transsexual and bi sexual according to his online journals. Unfortunately The Cellar is not being worked on right now but I believe the forums are still open. Even still it has a lot of information on this monster.