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Tennessee Man Sentenced to Death for Triple Homicide: A Memphis man has been sentenced to death for his role in a shooting rampage that left his girlfriend and her parents dead more than two years ago.  The Associated Press reports that prior to trial, 31-year-old Sedrick Clayton offered to plead guilty in exchange for serving three consecutive life sentences without parole, but the prosecutor insisted on pursuing the death penalty due to the vicious nature of the crime.  Attorneys for Clayton argued that he should be sentenced to life and avoid the death penalty because he had no prior criminal record and an execution would be emotionally difficult for his family.  

High Court Rules on 'Straw Purchaser' Law:  In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Virginia man who purchased a handgun legally, but broke the law by not disclosing that he was going to re-sell it to a relative. Sam Hananel of the Associated Press reports that Bruce Abramski, a former police officer, purchased the gun in 2009 and later transferred it to his uncle.  Abramski had assured the gun dealer that he was purchasing the weapon for himself.  He was charged with making false statements about the purchase of a gun and sentenced to probation.

FL Murder Scheduled for Execution: A Florida man convicted of killing his estranged wife and her son just two years after being paroled for murdering his previous wife, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday.  Tamara Lush of the Associated Press reports that 63-year-old John Ruthell Henry pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in 1976 and spent less than eight years behind bars before being paroled-two years after his release, he was arrested and convicted of murdering his new wife and her son from a previous marriage.  The Florida Supreme Court rejected his appeal last week which argued that his rough childhood, poor social adjustment and family mental health history made him ineligible for execution.

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