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One-Armed Butcher to Be Executed

April 10, 2002

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ A one-armed butcher was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing a 12-year-old boy and carving up his body with a meat cleaver.

A jury found John Samuel Ghobrial, 31, guilty in December of murder and committing a lewd act with sixth-grader Juan Delgado in 1998.

``I’m just grateful to God, this is the last day I have to see him. I don’t want to ever see him again,″ said Jose Manuel Delgado, the boy’s father.

Prosecutors said Ghobrial fled his native Egypt after he was arrested for investigation of molesting his 7-year-old cousin and stabbing him with a penknife. Ghobrial, a Coptic Christian, was granted religious asylum in the United States after claiming he left to escape religious persecution.

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