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Brothers Sentenced to Death in Restaurant Robbery-Murder

December 17, 1992

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Two teen-age brothers convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting and stabbing of four employees at a Taco Bell restaurant were sentenced Wednesday to Florida’s electric chair.

Circuit Judge Uriel Blount rejected pleas for mercy by Jeffrey Farina, 17, and Anthony Farina, 18.

The brothers were convicted Nov. 18 of killing Michelle Van Ness, 17, in the robbery of the Daytona Beach restaurant May 9. The Farinas also were found guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of two other teen-age employees and the stabbing of a fourth.

At their trial, prosecutors presented a tape recording in which Jeffrey Farina, then 16, laughed and told his brother he shot and stabbed the Taco Bell workers because ″I had a boring day.″

The surviving victims - Gary Robinson, 19, Derek Mason, 17, and Kimberly Gordon, 18, all testified against their attackers.

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