Boston: Gary Lee Sampson facing death penalty in court for 1st time in decade
(AP) – A man who was sentenced to death for carjacking and killing two Massachusetts men has appeared in federal court for the first time in more than a decade.
Gary Lee Sampson, originally from Abington, pleaded guilty to killing 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo of Kingston and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey of Taunton during a weeklong crime spree in 2001. A jury recommended the death penalty. That sentence was later overturned by a judge who found a juror’s lies about her background denied Sampson his right to an impartial jury.
Sampson faces a sentencing re-trial in February, when a new jury will be asked to decide if he should receive the death penalty or life in prison.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Sampson’s lawyers asked for a delay until October. Judge Mark Wolf asked the lawyers to file a motion on the request, to be discussed as the hearing continues Thursday.