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2001 carjack killings case heading back to court

February 7, 2016

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors and lawyers for a man sentenced to death in the 2001 carjack killings of two Massachusetts men will be in court this week to discuss his retrial.

Gary Lee Sampson pleaded guilty and was given the federal death penalty in 2003 in the killings of 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo, of Kingston, and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey, of Taunton. He also admitted killing a third man, Robert Whitney, in New Hampshire during the same weeklong crime rampage and received a separate life sentence.

Sampson’s death sentence was overturned in 2011 after a judge found that one of the jurors at his trial had lied.

A new judge recently took over the case and scheduled the retrial to begin in September.

A status conference is scheduled Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

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