Man pleads guilty in 'Cathouse' killing in US

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Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former U.S. Marine charged with killing four people, including a prostitute featured on HBO's "Cathouse" series, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Court records indicate 30-year-old David "Hooligan" Tyner entered the pleas Friday. District Judge Glenn Jones sentenced Tyner to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty at Tyner's trial later this month.

Tyner was charged in the November 2009 shooting deaths of Brooke Phillips, Milagrous Barrera, Jennifer Ermey and Mark Barrientos. Phillips worked at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch near Carson City, Nevada.

The victims were found in a burning home that witnesses have said was the center of a drug distribution and prostitution ring.

Because two of the victims were pregnant, Tyner faced six counts of first-degree murder.

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