Updated: 08/20/2014 3:06 PM
Created: 08/20/2014 12:30 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Matthews
The man charged with murdering two women and hiding their bodies in cars that were impounded has pleaded guilty to second degree intentional murder in one of the deaths.
Alberto Palmer, 25, pleaded guilty in an Anoka County courtroom Wednesday to murdering Brittany Clardy. He says he killed the 18-year-old on Feb. 11, or around that date. Clardy’s body was later found in a car in an impound lot in Columbia Heights.
Palmer’s guilty plea was part of a plea deal calling for a 40-year sentence. Palmer is also charged in the death of 24-year-old Klaressa Cook in Hennepin County. Her body was found in a car towed to a Minneapolis impound lot.
The plea deal will only be offered if Palmer pleads guilty to murdering Cook. He’s expected to plead guilty in October in Hennepin County.
The Anoka County sentencing will take place after Palmer is sentenced in Hennepin County. The punishment will be served consecutive to the sentence handed down in the county.
“This was a senseless tragedy, and with much input from the victim’s family and cooperation with our counterparts in Hennepin County, we believe justice will be served,” Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo said. “I hope that this helps the Clardy family in their healing process.
Palmer is also facing several outstanding felony warrants for assault and kidnapping in Georgia.