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March 13, 2018: Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering Two Women, Attempting to Kill Teen Girl

Greg Risling, Assistant Media Chief
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A 34-year-old man pleaded guilty today to murdering two women and trying to kill a 16-year-old girl in a South Los Angeles crime spree four years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Robert Lawrence Ransom Jr. entered his plea to two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of attempted murder and second-degree robbery. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 3 when he faces a possible maximum sentence of 85 years to life in state prison.

Deputy District Attorneys David Reinert and Guillermo Santiso prosecuted the case.

In March 2014, Ransom shot and killed 19-year-old Margarite Evans. Several days later, the defendant murdered Gisella Yauli, 28, and her 1-year-old son, Dylan Reyes, prosecutors said. The pair were found after a fire broke out in their South Los Angeles residence.

About two weeks later, Ransom forced a teenage girl into a van, assaulted her and doused her with gasoline. The girl managed to escape as she was about to be set on fire. Ransom was arrested a week after the attack.

Case BA425362 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.