'Boy Next Door Killer' gets death for murders of 2 women

By ANDREW DALTON Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge gave a death sentence to a man prosecutors called "The Boy Next Door Killer" for the murders of two women and the attempted murder of a third.

Judge Larry Fidler called the crimes "vicious and frightening" before handing down the sentence Friday to 45-year-old Michael Thomas Gargiulo.

Gargiulo was found guilty of the 2001 murder of Ashley Ellerin, a 22-year-old fashion design student who was about to go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher, who was a witness at the trial.

He was also convicted of killing 32-year-old mother of four Maria Bruno in 2005.

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