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Florida Execution Put on Hold: The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the state to hold off on the execution of Askari Muhammad, scheduled for December 3, in order to address claims that the three-drug cocktail used in lethal injections may cause unnecessary suffering.  The Orlando Sentinel reports that defense attorneys requested the delay after an execution that took place last month left the inmate conscious for "an unusually long time."  Muhammad was sentenced to death for the 1980 murder of a state correctional officer.

Illegal Alien Sentenced in Murder of Border Patrol Agent: A Mexican national, who was on supervised release by U.S. authorities when he participated in the murder of a U.S. Border agent, has been sentenced to 56 years in prison. Brandon Darby of Breitbart reports that in 2009, Marcos Rodriguez-Perez, along with three other Mexican nationals, murdered the agent at an unsecured area of the U.S./Mexico border in order to steal his night-vision goggles.  Rodriquez-Perez had been on supervised release after his conviction of smuggling other illegals into the U.S. 

Teen Sentenced to Life for Brutal Killing: A Colorado judge has sentenced 18-year-old Austin Sigg to life in prison for the October 2012 kidnapping and murder of a 10-year-old girl.  Jordan Steffen of the Denver Post reports that Sigg kidnapped the girl as she was walking to school and dismembered her body after sexually assaulting and murdering her in his family's home.  Sigg, who declined to speak during his two-day sentencing hearing, was not eligible for the death penalty due to the fact that he was 17 years old when he committed the vicious crime.

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