What to Know
- Rasmuson was ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles County in August 2016 on costs of killing Jeffrey and 6-year-old Miguel Antero, who was slain 5 years later.
- While Rasmuson was awaiting trial, he was charged with the April 8, 1986, killing of the opposite boy, whose physique was discovered in a wash in Agoura Hills the identical day he was found lacking from his dwelling.
- Rasmuson was arrested in March 2015 in Sandpoint, Idaho, after DNA proof allegedly linked him to the 1981 killing.
A convicted intercourse offender pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of homicide and is predicted to be sentenced to life in jail with out the opportunity of parole for the killings of two younger boys inside a five-year span.
Kenneth Kasten Rasmuson, 59, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27 on the Pomona courthouse.
Monday’s plea deal occurred as Orange County prosecutors have been anticipated to sq. off with Los Angeles County prosecutors relating to a proposed dismissal of particular circumstances allegations that may have stored the defendant eligible for the demise penalty and at the very least a life-without-parole sentence.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer made the extremely uncommon transfer earlier this month to cost Rasmuson for one of many murders, though he was already dealing with trial for that homicide in Los Angeles County. Spitzer’s prosecutors have been poised to take over the Orange County-related homicide if Los Angeles County needed to drop the particular circumstances allegations.
Spitzer stated he charged Rasmuson with the July 2, 1981, killing of 6-year-old Jeffrey Vargo of Anaheim Hills as a result of he was involved that with out the particular circumstances allegations that Rasmuson, if convicted at trial, would sometime get a parole listening to and an opportunity to be free.
Rasmuson was ordered to stand trial in Los Angeles County in August 2016 on costs of killing Jeffrey and 6-year-old Miguel Antero, who was slain 5 years later.
Rasmuson was arrested in March 2015 in Sandpoint, Idaho, after DNA proof allegedly linked him to the 1981 killing. Construction employees discovered the boy’s physique in Pomona a day after the teenager left his dwelling to go to a fireworks stand, in accordance to authorities.
A convicted intercourse offender has been arrested in Idaho in reference to the kidnap and homicide of a 6-year-old boy in Pomona in 1981. Ted Chen experiences dwell for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on March 30, 2015.
While Rasmuson was awaiting trial in that case, he was charged with the April 8, 1986, killing of the opposite boy, whose physique was discovered in a wash in Agoura Hills the identical day he was found lacking from his dwelling. Rasmuson was additionally allegedly linked to that killing by DNA proof, prosecutors stated.
Rasmuson was dealing with particular circumstance allegations of a number of murders and that the killings have been finished throughout the fee of a lewd or lascivious act on a baby.
Rasmuson was beforehand convicted in 1981 of sexually assaulting one other boy, prosecutors stated.
Orange County prosecutors meant to let Los Angeles prosecutors deal with the case, however stepped in on Feb. 11 by submitting a prison criticism of their very own as a result of Spitzer believes the defendant ought to at the very least face life in jail with out the opportunity of parole if convicted. Spitzer has additionally been a vocal critic of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s transfer to droop the demise penalty in the state.
In a court docket submitting, Spitzer’s office argued that his office “has an curiosity in this case as a result of the sufferer… was a resident of Orange County on the time of his homicide. His dad and mom and next-of-kin have remained residents of Orange County to the current.”
Spitzer’s prosecutors additionally famous the boy was kidnapped in Orange County and argued that Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, who took office in December, just isn’t shifting to dismiss the particular circumstance allegations “as a result of there are proof issues or as a result of it might be honest and simply to achieve this, however due to a collection of particular directives via which he endeavors to basically change prison process by the use of govt fiat. His try to do in this case is manifestly opposite to the furtherance of justice.”
Rasmuson is accused of “horrific” crimes, in accordance to the movement filed by Spitzer’s office.
“He kidnapped two young, vulnerable 6-year-old boys, sexually assaulted them, and murdered them,” the motion reads. “Defendant’s background, character, and prospects present he’s a harmful serial predator with no chance to ever change. He has served two jail phrases for molesting an 11-year-old boy he lured into seclusion earlier than sodomizing him and he kidnapped a 3-year-old boy from the boy’s entrance yard earlier than later sodomizing him and leaving him wandering bare on a road the subsequent day.”
Authorities discovered youngster pornography in the defendant’s possession when he was arrested in 2015, “and his web historical past revealed a number of searches for youngster pornography,” in accordance to the movement.
Two months after the Orange County sufferer was killed, Rasmuson “lured an 11-year-old boy into seclusion by asking him to assist discover his handicapped canine” in Santa Barbara, in accordance to Orange County prosecutors.
Rasmuson sexually assaulted the boy, who lied to his attacker that he appreciated it so he may get away, which labored, prosecutors stated.
Rasmuson was sentenced to jail for the 1981 sexual assault, and when he accomplished that jail time period, he was deemed a “mentally disordered offender,” Orange County prosecutors stated. He was launched from jail in 1985 and ordered to bear sexual dysfunction remedy, and throughout this time he killed Miguel, prosecutors alleged.
A year later, Rasmuson kidnapped a 3-year-old boy from the entrance yard of his Los Angeles dwelling and drove away. The boy was discovered bare the subsequent day, wandering on the facet of a highway, and Rasmuson was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 17 years in jail.
After Rasmuson served his time, he was designated a sexually violent predator and was dedicated to the Atascadero State Hospital. He was launched in 2007.
Rasmuson “admitted” to doctors that he had “dedicated at the very least 10 youngster molestations since age 18, a time period in defendant’s life comprising solely 4 and a half years of freedom from incarceration,” however was Orange County prosecutors alleged. “Defendant grabs unsuspecting youngsters off the streets of their neighborhoods, and even from the entrance yards of their homes. He is brazen, impulsive, and unconcerned with the struggling of others, all of which make him extremely harmful.”