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Terry Childs Pleaded Guilty to Two More Murders of Joan Mack and Linda Jozovich in the Early 1980’s

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A man already serving multiple life sentences for murder convictions between 1987 and 2007 pleaded guilty Friday to two other murders that occurred earlier in the 1980s, Santa Cruz County prosecutors said today. Terry Childs, 61, pleaded guilty to the murder of Joan Mack, whose body was found fatally stabbed at Beer Can Beach in the Aptos area on Oct. 11, 1984, and Christopher Hall, who was found fatally shot in San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz on Feb. 3, 1985, prosecutors said.

Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann on Friday sentenced Childs to two terms of life in prison to be served consecutively without the possibility of parole, according to the district attorney’s office. Childs was previously convicted of murder in Santa Cruz in 1987, in Nevada in 1998, then in 2007 he confessed to the murder of Santa Clara resident Linda Jozovich near the Lexington Reservoir in 1979.

District Attorney Jeff Rosell said in a statement, “We are thankful to our law enforcement team in Santa Cruz for their outstanding efforts in these two cases. Justice has been served and we were able to help bring closure to the victims’ families.

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