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Death sentence overturned; Sampson to be resentenced

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ABINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) - Convicted killer Gary Lee Sampson was sentenced to death after he plead guilty to killing three men, but a judge has ordered a new sentencing trial.

The judge overturned the sentence after learning one of the jurors lied about her background.

Sampson, who grew up in Abington, plead guilty in 2001 to killing Jonathan Rizzo, Philip McClosky and Robert Whitney during a week-long crime spree

A new jury will be chosen to decide if Sampson should be put to death.

“What he did was unspeakable it was unforgivable and there’s no reason why anyone who takes three innocent lives should not forfeit their own lives in response to that. The fact that he gets to live and my son and Mr. McClosky and Mr. Whitney don’t is offensive to me and it should be offensive to you” Mike Rizzo, Jonathan Rizzo’s father, said.

The judge set the resentencing trial for February 2015, but Sampson’s lawyers objected saying they need more time to prepare.
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