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Killer can get new sentencing trial

Gary Lee Sampson is on federal death row. Gary Lee Sampson is on federal death row.
By Milton J. Valencia and J.M. Lawrence
Globe Staff | Globe Correspondent / October 21, 2011

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A federal judge ruled yesterday that confessed serial killer Gary Lee Sampson is entitled to a new sentencing trial, throwing into question the first death penalty ever handed out in a federal court in Massachusetts and the first deriving from a crime in the state in more than a half-century. US District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf found that a juror in Sampson’s sentencing trial in 2003 lied during a jury selection process, which potentially could have resulted in a tainted verdict.

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