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Man guilty in grisly killing of Okla. woman, son

Tulsa_A man who prosecutors said forced a 69-year-old woman to have sex with her son, then killed them both, has been convicted of first-degree murder.

Joshua Anderson, 21, was convicted Thursday of killing Rose Mary Hobbs and her son, Herbert Hobbs, 51, in February 2007. Anderson was convicted of arson for setting fire to the son's home after the killings, and he was also alleged to have eaten part of the slain woman's brain.

He received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors said they did not ask for the death penalty because Anderson is mentally retarded.

Assistant District Attorney Bill Musseman said the sentence "will keep him off the street for the rest of his life."

Detective Vic Regalado testified that Anderson admitted his responsibility for the killings after being shown a tape in which his own brother blamed him. Prosecutors said Anderson had initially gone to the home to commit a robbery.

In an opening statement to jurors earlier this week, Assistant District Attorney Julie Doss said that in a recorded interview, Anderson described eating "what he believed to be brains at the scene."

James Demery, an acquaintance of the Andersons, testified that Joshua Anderson described shooting a man and woman after the man flashed money at a store. He said the woman was praying before he shot her and that Anderson indicated that he ate a piece of brain, Demery testified.

Assistant Public Defender Adam Haselgren told jurors that no physical evidence existed to convict his client.

Anderson is also charged in the slayings of Evaristo Tovias Jr., 34, in November 2006 and Christopher Moderow, 38, in January 2007. Separate trials are planned.

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