VALPARAISO, Ind. — A 23-year-old Hammond man has pleaded guilty to killing two people just outside of Valparaiso in 2012 while attempting to steal marijuana.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports ( Julius Garza faces a 45-year sentence if the proposed plea agreement is accepted by Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper during a sentencing hearing Nov. 9. He said little while pleading guilty to two counts of murder for the shooting deaths of 40-year-old Jeffery Trinka of Valparaiso, and 31-year-old Jennifer Guinn of Hammond.

Defense attorney Larry Rogers says Garza decided to plea because he faced 90 to 130 years behind bars if found guilty at trial.

Information from: The Times,

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