The sentencing hearing for a Vancouver Island man convicted in the murders of two women near Duncan got underway on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court.

William Gordon Robert Elliot, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last summer for the deaths of Karrie-Ann Stone, 42, and Tyeshia Jones, 18.              

Stones' charred body was discovered on a hiking trail in wooded area south of Duncan in July 2010. Jones's body was found naked in a wooded area near a cemetery on Cowichan land in January, 2011.

William Elliot was arrested in April of 2012. He was originally charged with first-degree murder, but later pleaded guilty to the two second-degree murder charges.

Police say he confessed in what's known as a "Mr. Big" sting operation, where the suspect is recruited by an undercover officer, posing as a gang boss.

Since then he's been held in custody while experts complete psychological reports and a Gladue report, which guides judges in the sentencing of aboriginal offenders.

Both reports will help the Supreme Court judge hearing the case to decide how long Elliot will spend in jail before being eligible for parole.

Elliot is facing a life sentence, but could be eligible for parole in 10 years. Crown prosecutors are expected to ask for a sentence of 25 years before parole eligibility.

With files from Lisa Cordasco and Chad Pawson