VAN NUYS – A man convicted last month in the stabbing deaths of a West Hills couple in their 70s is scheduled to be sentenced today. Gregory Douglas Miner, 32, is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole when he appears before Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Barry A. Taylor. Miner was convicted Nov. 29 of first-degree murder for the February 2001 slayings of 76-year-old World War II veteran William Lasky and his 74-year- old wife, Bertha. He also was found guilty of robbery and burglary, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder during the course of a robbery and burglary. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMiner was arrested in August 2001 on an unrelated offense and made statements implicating himself in the deaths, authorities said. He was charged with murdering the two in January 2004, about a week before he was due to be released from Avenal State Prison in central California. The Laskys, who had been married nearly 53 years, had just returned from a vacation cruise when they were killed. Investigators said Miner, and possibly two other people, entered the couple’s home in the 7200 block of Pomelo Drive after they saw Bertha Lasky leave to go shopping. William Lasky was confronted at knifepoint as the intruders ransacked the home, and his wife was attacked when she returned home some time later. Lasky was stabbed three times in the chest and his wife’s throat was slit, authorities said. Firefighters discovered the victims dead in their master bedroom when they responded to what they believed was a residential fire. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!