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Man who killed parents with machete sentenced to life term

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VISTA (CNS) - A drifter who hacked his elderly parents to death with a machete in their Carlsbad home nearly three years ago was sentenced Thursday to 32 years to life in state prison.

Dennis Gluck, 47, pleaded guilty last month to a pair of second-degree murder charges. He was sentenced by Vista Superior Court Judge Aaron Katz.

Carlsbad police found the bodies of 90-year-old Harry Gluck and his 78-year-old wife, Jean, in a bedroom of their home on Jan. 18, 2009. Both victims died of "chop" wounds to their upper bodies, inflicted by a machete, authorities said.

Gluck had a history of aggressive behavior toward his parents, but none while he lived with them just before the murders, police said. He fled to Mexico after killing his parents and was arrested in Ensenada a month later.

Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain said the defendant had assaulted people before with "edged weapons" and was arrested years before the murders for attacking someone with a machete at a homeless camp in Oceanside.

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