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APNewsBreak: Convicted killer gets new trialAPNewsBreak: Judge throws out death penalty against man convicted in 3 killings in Mass., NH
BOSTON (AP) ' A federal judge has thrown out the death penalty against a man convicted of killing three people in Massachusetts and New Hampshire during a weeklong crime spree in 2001.
U.S. Judge Mark Wolf ruled Thursday that Gary Sampson was denied his constitutional right to an impartial jury and that he is "entitled to a new trial to determine whether the death penalty is justified in his case."
Sampson, a drifter who was raised in Abington, pleaded guilty to carjacking two Massachusetts men after each picked him up hitchhiking. He said he forced both men to drive to secluded spots, assured them he only wanted to steal their cars, then stabbed them repeatedly and slit their throats.
He then fled to New Hampshire, broke into a house in Meredith and strangled a third man.
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