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Steven Alexander Hobbs pleads guilty to two capital murder cases

The former safety guard was accused of preying on intercourse employees in east Harris County.

HOUSTON — It’s a case that goes again greater than a decade, however on Monday morning, a former safety guard accused of preying on intercourse employees in east Harris County pleaded guilty to two murder prices.

Steven Alexander Hobbs was sentenced to two life sentences to be served consecutively as a part of the plea settlement. He is not going to be eligible for parole till the age of 101.

It was 2011 when investigators lastly put the items collectively and arrested Hobbs. He’s been ready for his trial ever since.

Jury choice was really set to begin Monday morning for the trial however he as a substitute agreed to the plea deal. Just earlier than he took the plea deal, prosecutors stated Hobbs modified his thoughts after what appeared to be an emotional second together with his household. Hobbs will hear sufferer impression statements on Friday.

“While I can’t speak to his exact mindset, I think he recognized how much pain and embarrassment was going to come to his own family when we brought all of the evidence to light,” prosecutor Sarah Seely stated.

Hobbs was charged in reference to the capturing loss of life of Sara Sanford, a intercourse employee whose nude, handcuffed physique was present in October of 2010.

In 2011, he was charged additionally with murder within the chilly case of one other intercourse employee, Patricia Pyatt, whose physique was discovered on the banks of the San Jacinto River in November 2002.

Pyatt, a mom of 5 who was additionally from Crosby, was strangled with such pressure that there have been damaged bones in her neck, investigators stated.

Investigators stated the cases have been linked by DNA proof.

“This defendant terrified and brutalized the women he attacked, but now families will be spared enduring a trial and he will be locked away until he is nearly 100 years old,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg stated. “He avoided being sent from county jail to state prison as long as he could, but with this sentence, justice has been served and Steven Hobbs will never again set foot in Harris County.”

Hobbs had been jailed since his arrest in 2011, making him the longest-serving inmate of the Harris County Jail. Under the phrases of his plea settlement, Hobbs will get credit score for the ten years he has already been jailed.

“Steven Hobbs is a predator, and he’s been a predator for at least a decade,” HCSO Homicide Lt. Rolf Nelson stated again in 2011.

Hobbs was already in jail when he was charged with murder. He had been charged in reference to the sexual assaults of three prostitutes in Pasadena. That is when Harris County investigators linked him to the murders.

Prosecutors stated the deal will enable them to focus trial resources on different cases which were ready.

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