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Ex-Con Pleads Guilty To Rape, Sodomy, Murder Of Great-Grandmother, 76

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Severa Madrona (courtesy CA DMV)

Severa Madrona (courtesy CA DMV)

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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.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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