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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.

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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.

Joseph Duncan Wiki Page

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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.

A Plea Deal for Duncan?

Attorneys for condemned child killer Joseph Edward Duncan III submitted a plea deal to prosecutors Tuesday that would lift his death sentence for killing a Beaumont boy in 1997.

Duncan, 47, already sentenced to death for the slaying of an Idaho boy and three other members of his family, is facing capital punishment if convicted of kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old Anthony Martinez.

The defense offer, however, indicated Duncan was willing to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without the possibility of parole, Deputy District Attorney Otis Sterling told City News Service.

One of Duncan’s two court- appointed attorneys, Scott O’Meara, confirmed that an offer was presented, but declined to elaborate.

Duncan, who is also facing nine life sentences for murders and other felonies, is scheduled to be in court at the Larson Justice Center on March 7.

That’s when the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is expected to announce a decision about the plea deal.

Sterling said he planned to meet with District Attorney Paul Zellerbach to discuss the deal.

“We need to decide if we’re willing to allow him to (plead),” Sterling said. “I will present that to the DA, who will make that decision. It is Zellerbach’s call.”

Should the prosecution continue seeking the death penalty, Duncan would be tried between April 5 and April 15 unless he asks for a delay.

Duncan, when representing himself last year, did not deny the allegations against him, but was not allowed to plead guilty, because state law requires a defendant in such cases to have a lawyer first.

“While he was self-represented that wasn’t a possibility,” Sterling said. “He recently has gotten lawyers, and it’s at a point where they extended an offer to us. So we’ll talk about it and see what we want to do.”

The serial killer has a troubled history with lawyers, having previously fired court-appointed lawyers.

A judge found him competent to stand trial and represent himself in 2009.

Duncan was tied to the Coachella Valley slaying when Anthony’s name surfaced during questioning in Idaho in another unrelated crime.

Partial fingerprints found at the scene where Anthony’s body was discovered matched Duncan, authorities have said.

Duncan allegedly left a fingerprint on the duct tape used to bind Anthony, who was abducted by a stranger as he played with friends in an alley behind his family’s apartment on April 4, 1997.

The child’s nude body was found by a Bureau of Land Management ranger on April 19, 1997, on Berdoo Canyon Road in Indio — some 90 miles east of where he was snatched — south of Joshua Tree National Monument.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged Duncan with Anthony’s murder in 2007.

Duncan was sentenced to death in August 2008 by a federal judge in Boise, Idaho, for murdering 9-year-old Dylan Groene.

Duncan kidnapped the boy and his 8-year-old sister in May 2005, then tortured and sexually abused both of them over the course of several weeks before shooting Dylan in the head while his sister watched.

Duncan also killed the children’s brother and mother, and the mother’s fiance.

He was arrested after a waitress at a Denny’s restaurant recognized him and the kidnapped younger sister.

Law enforcement agencies nationwide began investigating whether the drifter and high school dropout, whose first sex offense was committed when he was 12, could be tied to other cases.|topnews|text|Frontpage

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