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2 sex offenders charged with rapes, killings

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2 sex offenders charged with rapes, killings

CREATED Apr 14, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Two registered sex offenders who have known each other since at least 2012 have been charged with raping and killing four California women since last year.

The Orange County District Attorney's office said Monday that 27-year-old Franc Cano and 45-year-old Steven Dean Gordon were each charged with four felony counts of special circumstances murder and four felony counts of rape.

Anaheim Chief Raul Quezada said Monday they were both wearing ankle monitors last fall when the women were killed in Anaheim and Santa Ana.

If convicted, the men could face a minimum sentence of life without parole or the death penalty.

Cano and Gordon are being held without bail and are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Both men were arrested Friday on suspicion of killing the women beginning in October.