Jurors on Thursday recommended a death sentence for a man convicted of murdering two people inside an Inglewood insurance office about five years ago.

The Torrance Superior Court jury deliberated less than a day and a half before recommending that Osman Canales be executed for the Sept. 26, 2007, slayings of Lorena Rodriguez, 48, of Hawthorne, and Joel Cruz Perez, 51, of Los Angeles.

Canales, 31, is due back in court on Jan. 4 for formal sentencing.

The same panel convicted Canales of two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of robbery, one count each of kidnapping to commit another crime, dissuading a witness, burglary, unlawful taking of an automobile and misdemeanor sexual battery by restraint involving a third person.

Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders, murder during a robbery and burglary and murder during the kidnapping of Rodriguez, who was taken to a bank and ordered to empty her account, Dputy District Attorney Greta Walker said.

Rodriguez was then brought back to the business, at 415 W. Manchester Blvd., where she and Perez both had their throats slit with a kitchen knife, the prosecutor said.

- City News Service