The teen accused of taking part in the killing a south Wichita couple in 2014 pleaded guilty to amended charges Monday before the start of his jury trial.
Carlos DeLaCadena-Edwards, 19, will be sentenced July 13 before Sedgwick County District Court Judge Jeffrey Goering, court records show. He pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree intentional murder and one count of aggravated robbery in connection with the Oct. 16, 2014, deaths of Martha Lopez Moreno and Godofredo Moreno-Lopez, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said.
“If the judge follows the plea agreement that the parties reached, we expect his sentence to be just under 30 years’” imprisonment, Bennett said.
Prosecutors originally charged DeLaCadena-Edwards with two counts of first-degree felony murder and one count of aggravated robbery. Those charges can draw a life sentence plus additional time in prison upon conviction.
He was 17 at the time of the killings but was charged as an adult.
DeLaCadena-Edwards is one of two men convicted in the Morenos’ slayings. Prosecutors say he and Steven Wade Edwards II, 21, went to the couple’s home at 642 S. Ida to collect a debt allegedly owed by the Morenos’ son but shot them instead and stole a car and cellphone.
The couple were in their 70s.
Edwards, who pleaded guilty to amended charges last week, is scheduled for sentencing June 21 on two counts of first-degree felony murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. He faces life imprisonment without parole eligibility for 25 years on each of the murder convictions, plus up to 23 years, 5 months.