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TORRANCE (CBS) — A two-time ex-convict pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting and fatally beating a 76-year-old great-grandmother in Gardena.

Thedward Candler, 28, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Oct. 4 in Torrance Superior Court.

Candler pleaded guilty to murdering Severa Madrona on Sept. 18, 2007. He also admitted the special circumstances of murder during rape, sodomy and kidnapping.

Madrona, a grandmother of 29 and great-grandmother of four, was targeted while out for her customary morning walk, prosecutors said.

Her body was dumped in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue, a few blocks from where Candler’s parents live, according to sheriff’s investigators.

Deputies said she died of a blunt force head wound after she had been sexually assaulted and beaten.

Sheriff’s officials said Candler was identified through DNA evidence.

Candler has two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted second-degree robbery, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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Comments (8)
  1. Dave Q says:

    lock him up and throw away the key please.

  2. white liberal says:

    Of course it’s not a hate crime!! A big brave, tough negro rapes & beats to death a helpless fragile asian woman. What would the ramifications have been had an asian ex-con done the same to an elderly negro woman.

    1. Astonished says:

      Actually I don’t think Chandler cares one way or the other. What makes me angry is that our tax money will feed and support this waste of breath for the next 50-60 years, unless someone on the inside does us all a favor. Someone this low needs to be relieved of the need to breathe. . .permanently.

  3. Steve says:

    He wont make in jail I know there’s going to be what they call prison justice he’s going to get it sooner or later in there Like most child molesters and rapists do.

  4. negro says:

    my heart goes out to this womans family i just dont believe someone could do this to another person god help this world

  5. igor doublebubblevich says:

    bLACK CRIME, ROB JEWERLY STORES, RAPE WOSRN EHO ARE NOT BLACK, NO END,

  6. disgusted says:

    thank god 4 DNA

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