By News Staff
The Associated Press
Federal prosecutors will again seek the death penalty against a man who admitted killing three people in Massachusetts and New Hampshire during a weeklong crime spree.
Gary Lee Sampson was sentenced to death by a federal jury in Boston after he pleaded guilty in the 2001 slayings of 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo, and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey. The two Massachusetts men picked up the drifter from eastern Massachusetts while he was hitchhiking.
A federal judge threw out the sentence in 2011 and that ruling was later upheld by a federal appeals court.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz says prosecutors will again seek the death penalty through a new penalty phase instead of allowing Sampson to serve a life sentence.
Sampson pleaded guilty to state charges in the New Hampshire death of Robert Whitney.
(C) WLNE-TV 2013