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Jan 28, 2016 1:22 PM

Sentencing retrial set for man convicted of carjack killings

The Associated Press

BOSTON — A judge has set a date for the sentencing retrial of a man who could face the death penalty for carjacking and killing two Massachusetts men in 2001.

Gary Lee Sampson's retrial is scheduled to begin Sept. 14 in U.S. District Court.

Sampson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to death in the killings of 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo of Kingston and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey of Taunton.

In 2011, a federal judge granted him a new sentencing trial, finding that one of the jurors had lied about her background.

On Thursday, Judge Leo Sorokin set a date for the new trial.

Sampson also admitted he killed a third man, Robert Whitney, in New Hampshire during a weeklong crime rampage. He received a separate life sentence in New Hampshire in that case.

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