WEST JORDAN -- A man charged with killing one woman and raping another has pleaded guilty to the crimes and will avoid a possible death penalty.
Paul David Vara, 31, pleaded guilty Friday to murdering 45-year-old Kristine Marie Gabel in a Fairmont Park bathroom on Dec. 18 and raping a woman in Pioneer Park four days earlier.
Charging documents said Vara pulled Gabel's internal organs from her body.
District Judge Mark Kouris sentenced Vara to life without parole for the aggravated murder and 15 years to life for the object rape of Gabel. Vara was sentenced to 15 years to life for the rape of the other woman. The judge ordered the sentences to run consecutively.