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.
A five year old girl's dream came true today with the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Leona, who lives in San Marcos and is battling cancer, wished to have the ultimate pirate ship playhouse in her backyard.
In celebration of American Heart Month, Rady Children's Hospital hosted its 34th annual Heart Party. It was a chance for former heart patients and the doctors who treated them to reunite.
Fair, warm and dry weather continues through Saturday, but an onshore flow will bring low clouds and fog Saturday night and much cooler weather to the county on Sunday.
Neighbors say the Prince Recycling Center on Voltaire Street is attracting crime and transients, and they want the center to move out of the area.
Few of us really know how our coworkers spend their time when they are off the clock. In Thursday's Zevely Zone, Jeff gets to know Ryan Brothers - a writer here at KFMB Stations and News 8 - who put his own signature on Mission Trails Regional Park.
A San Marcos man who shot his girlfriend and left her body in her car, parked along northbound Interstate 15 near Escondido, was convicted Friday of first-degree murder.
A local company is on the cutting edge of ocean exploration using unmanned vehicles powered by wind and sun and the future looks bright for these ocean drones, which currently are being tested off the coast of San Diego.