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Alleged LA killer of 4 evaded third strike

December 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A man accused of killing four people during home invasions in 2010 could have been sentenced to life in prison more than a decade ago.Prosecutors at the time did not seek California's three-strikes law against John Ewell, 53.

Ewell has pleaded not guilty to murdering four people in home invasions in Hawthorne and Los Angeles this past September and October.

In 1994, with two felony robbery convictions, Ewell was charged with forgery.

Prosecutors could have asked for a three-strikes sentence, but did not, as is often the case with non-violent crimes.