Man pleads guilty to killing wife, girl

Posted at 9:42 AM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 11:42:11-05

POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- A man accused of strangling his wife and her daughter in Post Falls has pleaded guilty.

The Spokesman-Review reported that 26-year-old Angel Albertico Morales-Larranaga entered his plea Wednesday in Kootenai County court. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed to withdraw their intent to seek the death penalty.

The agreement calls for Morales-Larranaga to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and serve two consecutive life sentences with no change of paroles.

Morales-Larranaga is charged in the deaths of 24-year-old Facunda Velenzuelaleon and 6-year-old Dayana Valencia on July 8, 2014.

A Post Falls police report says Morales-Larranaga told a friend he strangled his wife. The friend asked about the girl and said Morales-Larranaga replied that she was hitting him so he "had to kill her, too."