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Convicted Killer Sentenced to Death: A South Carolina man has been sentenced to death for his role in the kidnapping and murder of an 8-year-old girl in 2009.  The Daily Mail reports that 55-year-old Ricky Blackwell, who was recently divorced from the victim's mother, choked and shot the girl four times in front of her mother and his grandsons in what prosecutors say was an act of revenge.  Blackwell's execution date has been set for June 14, but will likely be delayed once his attorneys file an appeal.

CA High Court Upholds Death Sentence: California's Supreme Court unanimously upheld the conviction and death sentence of  a man found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a teenager nearly 20 years ago.  Met News reports that Joseph Montes was charged with first-degree murder after he and a group of friends kidnapped and carjacked a southern California teenager so that they could to get to a birthday party. They forced the boy to wait in the trunk while they attended the party and then proceeded to drive him to a remote location where he was shot and left to die.  Montes' co-defendants were also found guilty, and were sentenced to life in prison without parole.  

KS Man Sentenced to Two Life Terms: A Wichita, Kansas man has been sentenced to two life terms plus 228 years in prison after being found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder.  Hurst Laviana of the Wichita Eagle reports that 21-year-old Shawn Brown, along with his two brothers, shot and killed two men in separate drug-related crimes early last year, marking the city's first two homicides in 2013.  Brown's oldest brother was sentenced last month to life in prison for his role in the murders, the youngest brother is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

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