WHEATON - A registered sex offender, who was arrested in Mexico for the murders of two Illinois women after being featured on a television show and placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, has admitted his role in the killings.
Michael Alfonso, 38, who is charged with murder in two suburban Chicago counties, testified for 40 minutes Friday about how he killed the women after they broke up with him. Under a deal reached with prosecutors, Alfonso plans to plead guilty to the murders at a July 11 court hearing and authorities will not seek his death, and instead will recommend a sentence of natural life in prison. The testimony Alfonso provided on Friday is part of the plea deal, which must be approved by a judge.
"We are considering (the plea deal) because the families want to put it behind them,'' said DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett. "They accept the fact that Michael will … live the rest of his life in prison.''
Before reaching his plea agreement, Alfonso was scheduled to go on trial in August. He is charged with shooting 28-year-old Genoveva Franco Velasquez outside a McDonald's restaurant when she arrived for work on June 6, 2001.
Alfonso is also accused of killing 23-year-old Sumanear Yang. Hikers found her skeletal remains in Silver Springs State Park near Yorkville in November 1992, several weeks after she was reported missing.
"As a prosecutor, I think he deserves the death penalty,'' Kendall County State's Attorney Eric Weis said. "But, the families were adamant they wanted answers and for this to end.''
Alfonso, who served prison time in the 1990s for rape, battery and weapons violations, fled the country after the Velazquez shooting. He was placed on the FBI's most wanted list in 2003 and captured a later in Veracruz, Mexico.
A person watching "America's Most Wanted'' recognized Alfonso and reported him to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. He was arrested and deported to the United States after Mexican officials determined he entered the country illegally using a fake passport.