Skip to main content

Man who killed two women found in car trunks gets life sentence

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A 25-year-old Woodbury man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing two young women whose bodies were found a few months apart in the trunks of cars at Twin Cities area impound lots.

Alberto Palmer, a Chicago native who had been a fugitive from beating and sexual assault crimes in Georgia, was sentenced Monday afternoon for the death of 24-year-old Klaressa Cook, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Palmer is expected to receive a second lengthy sentence in Anoka County next month for killing Brittany Clardy, 18, of St. Paul. He will serve the terms consecutively.

According to a plea agreement with prosecutors in Hennepin and Anoka counties, Palmer will first serve a 40-year sentence for Clardy’s murder, which could be reduced by a third. He would then serve at least 30 years of a life sentence for Cook's death, with a chance for parole, the Star Tribune reports.

Palmer had been charged last year with criminal sexual conduct and murder in the death of Clardy (pictured above at left), whose frozen body was discovered in a lot in Columbia Heights in February 2013. Police said he had sex with Clardy for money at a Brooklyn Park home and then struck her with a hammer after they argued about payment, according to a criminal complaint.

After the killing, Palmer hid her body in her car and drove it to an apartment complex, and the vehicle was later towed to an impound lot in Columbia Heights.

Klaressa Cook (pictured above at right) died in a similar manner about a month earlier. Palmer testified in court Monday that he slammed her into a wall and beat her with his fists until she stopped breathing, the Pioneer Press reports. Her body was found in the trunk of a car at a Minneapolis lot in May 2013.

Palmer apologized to the families of the victims in court Monday, according to the Pioneer Press.

"This is my first time coming forward. ... I just ask them for forgiveness and want them to know I am truly sorry," Palmer said, adding that he has "found Islam," which is helping him "to become a better person."

Marquita Clardy, Brittany’s mother, struggled to get through her short impact statement.

"Our children are not property to be bought... sold or killed," Marquita Clardy said, according to the Pioneer Press. "Klaressa and my daughter, Brittany, did not deserve to die like this, or to die at all. May God have mercy on his soul."

Lakeisha Lee, Clardy’s sister, said Brittany was a victim of sex trafficking, and said the recent opening of a shelter in St. Paul for teenage girls involved in sex trafficking has brought her family more comfort than Palmer's sentencing, according to the Star Tribune.

The shelter is called Brittany's Place in honor of Lee's sister, and is run by 180 Degrees, a nonprofit group that provides services for at-risk youth and adults. “The shelter will last longer than my sister’s life,” Lee said.

Next Up

Jason Hackett

New face joining KARE 11's 'Sunrise' morning show

Jason Hackett will be joining Alicia Lewis and Guy Brown on KARE 11's morning show.

Screen Shot 2022-11-30 at 4.04.09 PM

Armed robbery suspect sought in two south metro investigations

The incidents took place at credit unions in Savage and Apple Valley.


Former Twin Cities plastic surgeon charged with sex crimes

Christopher Kovanda is accused of inappropriately touching woman under the guise of providing medical care.

Screen Shot 2022-11-15 at 4.23.26 PM

Minnesota man accused of murder in Chicago is arrested in Alabama

A 26-year-old man from a small town on the Iowa border is accused of murdering a Greyhound bus employee.


Support for Shakopee Public Schools employee diagnosed with cancer

The media specialist has been transitioned to hospice care recently.


Big November snowstorms uncommon in MN, but snowfall is increasing

This week's 8.4 inches at MSP Airport was one of the biggest November storms in the Twin Cities since 1991.


Minnesota nurses take vote on whether to hold second strike

The results will be determined Wednesday night.

unsplash medical marijuana

OCD, irritable bowel syndrome added to MN's medical marijuana list

They are the two latest qualifying medical conditions for Minnesota's marijuana program.

Screen Shot 2022-11-30 at 9.27.45 AM

Fundraiser created for family-owned Cô Tu' Oriental Cuisine after shooting

Support from the community will go towards medical expenses and overhead costs for the restaurant.

Erica Shameka Roberts

Police: Minnesota murder suspect arrested in Texas

Erica Roberts has been on the run since March.


Jackknifed semis close I-35 northbound near Faribault

There are icy conditions across Minnesota