OGDEN -- Jacob Ethridge was spared the death penalty today, pleading guilty to aggravted muder charges in exchange for the prosecution's dropping execution as a sentence.
Ethridge, 32, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the July 13, 2008, shooting of two women in downtown Ogden.
He's been held in Weber County Jail without bail since his arrest shortly after the slayings.
Killed by single shots to the head were Teresa Rene Tingey, 43, and Rosanna Marie Cruz, 25. They both worked as prostitutes on Adams Avenue in the area of 26th and 24th streets.
Ethridge went to his parents' home in Roy after the early morning killings and confessed. His father drove him to the Ogden police station where he also confessed . Police said Ethridge told officers he had homicidal fantasies for a year before the killings.
The plea negotiation cancels a month-long trial set to begin Monday in Ogden's 2nd District Court.
Ethridge will be sentenced Dec. 13.