A serial killer faces more than life without possibility of parole behind bars after a jury took only an hour to convict him of killing two prostitutes and attempting to rape a third.
Lee Van Glahn, 46, did not react to the quick verdict in Brooklyn Supreme Court after a gruesome two-week trial that highlighted the borough's seediest corners.
The jury, after deliberating one hour and 10 minutes, found Van Glahn guilty of first-degree murder in the sodomy and strangling of Arlene Brumfield in Crown Heights in 2001, second-degree murder in the suffocation death of Joanna Washington three months later and trying to rape a third prostitute, Angela Rogers, in February 2002.
Van Glahn could have faced capital punishment in Brumfield's murder before the Court of Appeals last year ruled the state's death penalty law unconstitutional.
Instead, Supreme Court Justice Plummer Lott could order Van Glahn to serve life behind bars for Brumfield's murder and then another 47 years to life in Washington's death and the assault on Rogers.
The sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15.
"The families are thrilled and very relieved," said prosecutor Caryn Stepner. "They've lived with this case for four years."
Prosecutors charged Van Glahn, a white former tire worker with a ponytail, targeted slim, African-American prostitutes in their 30s and 40s with drug abuse issues, sexually assaulted them and killed them, leaving with a piece of clothing.
After being pulled off Rogers in February 2001, he allegedly asked cops: "Why are you defending these hookers? I'm a white guy. Do we have to go through all this for a crack whore?"
A DNA expert linked tissue found in Brumfield's teeth to Van Glahn.
Prosecutors claimed the victim bit Van Glahn when he forced himself upon her. He was convicted of using twine to strangle her in a Crown Heights playground on Nov. 29, 2001.
His blood also was found on her hand, experts testified.
On the witness stand, Rogers tearfully identified Van Glahn as her assailant in emotional testimony, and a fourth prostitute broke into sobs as she testified she saw him with Washington the night she was killed.
She testified that Van Glahn even tried to proposition her when she stopped to chat with Washington just hours before her partially clothed corpse was found.