Feds Cite Prison Misconduct in Mass. Carjack Case
BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who admitted carjacking and killing two Massachusetts men during a week-long crime spree deserves the death penalty because of his pattern of “violent, disruptive and non-remorseful behavior,” including violent assaults he’s committed in prison.
Gary Lee Sampson pleaded guilty in the 2001 carjack killings of 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo of Kingston and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey of Taunton. A federal jury sentenced him to death, but a judge later overturned that ruling.
Sampson is scheduled to face a new sentencing trial next year.
On Monday, prosecutors filed a list of aggravating factors in favor of the death penalty.
Sampson’s lawyers argued in his appeal that he should be spared the death penalty because jurors did not hear enough about brain injuries that caused him to have a mental illness.