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.
Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.