Dae Kwon Yun, 61, will serve two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the horrific 2006 crime. Prosecutors said they would no longer seek the death penalty.
The sentence comes six years after Yun killed his children in Los Angeles’ Garment District just two weeks after he separated from his wife of 13 years and a week after his clothing business closed.
Yun apparently doused the inside of his Toyota Sequoia with fuel before setting it on fire, with his 11-year-old daughter Ashley and 10-year-old son Alexander inside.
A witness, Nelson A. Calderon, testified in 2008 that he had see the father shouting at Ashley before forcing her into the back seat of the car, the Los Angeles Times reported.
When the vehicle caught alight, Calderon added that Yun dropped to the ground with his legs on fire and shouted for help, but never signaled to the children inside the car.
Firefighters found that Alexander’s body was positioned inside the car in a way that suggested he was trying to open the door.
Yun, who suffered second- and third-degree burns to his face, hands and legs, is believed to have set the car alight in a murder-suicide bid after gathering debts from gambling and owing $100,000 in back taxes.
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