William Gordon Robert Elliott of Duncan pleaded guilty Friday to the second-degree murder of two women.
In April 2012, Elliott, a 24-year-old member of the Cowichan Tribes, was charged in connection with the deaths of Karrie Ann Stone, 42, and 18-year-old Tyeshia Jones.
Stone’s charred body was found July 12, 2010, in a wooded area in Glenora, southwest of Duncan. She lived at the Super 8 motel on the Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan.
Friends said she struggled with drug addiction, but was trying to turn her life around. Her mother Bev Stone said Karrie Ann was a kind and gentle person.
Stone was last seen at the motel about 7 p.m. on July 7, 2010. Her body was found five days later.
Jones, also a Cowichan Tribes member, went missing Jan. 22, 2011, after leaving a friend’s party. The eldest of four children, she was heading toward the Superstore on the Trans-Canada Highway to meet a friend when she disappeared. Her naked body was found Jan. 28, 2011, in a wooded area near the Shaker Church cemetery off Indian Road on Cowichan Tribes land.
Elliott will serve an automatic life sentence. The Crown has indicated it will ask that Elliott not be eligible for parole for a period of 25 years.