Los Angeles, CA — A 61-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole Tuesday after pleading guilty to the arson murders of his two children.
Attorneys say Dae Kwon Yun pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. He also admitted the special circumstances of arson murder and multiple murders in exchange for not proceeding with a capital case.
On Sunday, April 2, 2006, Yun picked up his 11-year-old daughter, Ashley, and 10-year-old son, Alexander, for a day-long trip. After taking the children to lunch and a movie, Yun drove his SUV to an industrial area in Los Angeles and put gasoline-soaked rags around the vehicle.
His daughter managed to escape briefly before Yun pulled her back in. His son remained inside the SUV.
Yun then lit the rags and jumped out of the car. He suffered burns to his legs and called for medical assistance. He allegedly did not tell anyone that his children were inside the burning car.
Yun had been separated from his wife at the time of the murders. He was arrested almost two weeks later following an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery/Homicide Division.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge sentenced Dae Kwon Yun to two consecutive life-without-parole prison terms.
A Colorado woman was also sentenced to two life terms, but for smothering her two children to death. Prosecutors said Kelli Murphy murdered her son and daughter in an act of revenge against her husband after the couple filed for divorce.
The day she was sentenced would have been her son Liam’s 11th birthday.