Albuquerque man pleads guilty to two murders, avoiding trial

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An Albuquerque man accused of going on a killing spree in Albuquerque pleaded guilty just as he was about to go on trial. 

Yoan Pena Santiesteban admitted to killing Samir Al-Abboudy at the Days Inn motel, a random target in 2017, and Julio Chavez-Valdez ten days later at a home near Zuni and Central during a drug deal gone bad. 

Earlier this year, Santiesteban was also found guilty of the murder of Matthew Severighaus, who was killed just days after the other murders. He was robbed at gunpoint in his driveway. 

Santiesteban is facing up to 30 years for the two murders he pled to Monday, and a life sentence for the Severinghaus murder. 

Sentencing is set for May 29. 

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