‘Boy Next Door Killer’ to get death penalty or life sentence


FILE – In this May 29, 2019, file photo, Michael Gargiulo listens to the testimony of actor Ashton Kutcher during Gargiulo’s murder trial at Los Angeles Superior Court. Gargiulo has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and an attempted-murder charge stemming from attacks in the Los Angeles area between 2001 and 2008, including the death of Kutcher’s former girlfriend, 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin. A judge is expected to give a death sentence Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hand down a sentence nearly two years after a jury recommended execution for a man convicted of the home-invasion murders of two women in Southern California.

Michael Gargiulo could get a death sentence or life in prison without parole in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday.

Gargiulo was dubbed “The Boy Next Door Killer” by prosecutors and “The Hollywood Ripper” by some media outlets.

His case received added attention because one of his victims was about to go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher, who was a witness at the trial.

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