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Jury recommends life for felon

March 01, 2006|By Lauren Hilgers

LOS ANGELES ? A Los Angeles jury recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole for a Burbank man on Tuesday after he was found guilty of the murder and kidnapping of an aspiring model.

The combination of the two offenses made David Rademaker, 42, eligible for the death penalty after his conviction two weeks ago.

The jury of eight men and four women, however, concluded that Rademaker did not deserve death.

Judge Michael Johnson will make the sentence official on March 30, said Sandi Gibbons, spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office.

On Feb. 27, 1992, Rademaker, a convicted sex offender, lured Kimberly Pandelios to the Angeles National Forest by posing as a photographer. When she would not consent to sex, Rademaker drowned her.

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Pandelios' car was found the next day, engulfed in flames by the side of the road near the Monte Cristo campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest.

Although police searched the area, it was not until a year later that hikers found her remains.

Rademaker was linked to the model's death after a 1998 investigation of another model's murder. During the investigation, which led to the conviction of another man, Sheriff's investigators received information that implicated Rademaker in the earlier murder.

Rademaker's defense attorney, Chad Calabria, continued to argue that there was not enough evidence to convict his client. "We're definitely going to file an appeal on his behalf," Calabria said.

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