Man convicted of carjack killing in 2001 to appear in court

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BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for a man who was sentenced to death for carjacking and killing two Massachusetts men during a weeklong crime spree are due in court for a status conference.

Gary Lee Sampson pleaded guilty in the 2001 carjack killings of 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey. A federal jury sentenced him to death, but a judge later overturned that ruling.

Sampson is scheduled to face a new trial next year, when a new jury will be asked to determine if he should be sentenced to life in prison or death.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in U.S. District Court to discuss various motions expected to be filed before Sampson's new sentencing trial.

Massachusetts does not have a state death penalty. Sampson was prosecuted under the federal death penalty statute.


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