A 49-year-old American serial killer, Billy Chemirmir, was sentenced to two life sentences on Friday after being convicted of murdering 22 elderly women in the Dallas area of Texas over a two-year period.
After being convicted earlier, Chemirmir was automatically given a second life sentence without parole, after being found guilty of murdering 87-year-old Mary Brooks.
Prosecutors told jurors that evidence showed Chemirmir followed Brooks home from Walmart, choked her and took her jewelry.
After Chemirmir’s arrest, Dallas-area police re-examined the deaths and the charges against him increased.
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“Many of the victims’ children said they were puzzled by the deaths at the time, as their mothers, although older, were still healthy and active.”
Jurors took less than 30 minutes to return the verdict against Chemirmir, who had previously been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for an April conviction in the death of 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris.
Prosecutors had alleged the suspect preyed on older women, killing them and stealing their valuables, with deaths often determined to be of natural causes, even as family members sounded the alarm about missing jewelry.
“This is a conscious and dedicated effort to track, monitor, kill, rob, rob and sell,” Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said in closing his arguments.
Creuzot said the other 11 capital murder cases against Chemirmir in Dallas County will now be dismissed, while he also has nine other capital murder cases in another Collin County court.
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