A 66-year-old man convicted in the 1980 rapes and killings of two unidentified women — including one whose body was found in Kern County — will spend the rest of his life behind bars. 

The Ventura County Star reported that Wilson Chouest was sentenced to two life terms in prison Thursday and is not eligible for parole. 

Chouest was charged in 2015 after DNA analysis from biological evidence found on the victims was uploaded to a database of people arrested and convicted across the country and matched his DNA profile, the paper has reported.

He was already in custody, serving a life sentence for rape, robbery and kidnapping stemming from incidents that occurred in Tulare County in August and September of 1980.

The Kern County victim was found July 15, 1980, in an almond orchard near Zerker Road and Merced Avenue, according to sheriff's officials. She was stabbed multiple times at an unknown location then dumped in the orchard.

The body of the second woman was found July 18, 1980, in a parking lot at Westlake High School in Ventura County, according to sheriff's officials.

The woman was stabbed multiple times, sheriff's officials said, and appeared to have been killed elsewhere. She was four to five months pregnant. 

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Michael Trihey

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