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Serial Killer Sentenced to Death: A Kentucky man released on parole after serving time for murder has been convicted and sentenced to death for the cold-case rape and murder of a mother of five in 1983. Claire Galofaro of The Courier-Journal reports that 56-year-old Larry White was sentenced to death in 1985 after being found guilty of murdering two young women, but two years later the state Supreme Court ruled that his confession was illegally obtained and reduced his sentence to  28 years. Since 1976, Kentucky has only executed three murderers, most recently in 2008.

Parolee Named Person of Interest in Recent Murder: A Colorado man with a lengthy criminal history has been arrested after  he fled his court-ordered halfway house.  Police believe that he may be responsible for his mother's disappearance and murder.  Jesse Paul of the Denver Post reports that 31-year-old Daniel Stetzel has been arrested more than a dozen times on a variety of charges including drug possession, robbery, assault and parole violations.  Stetzel is being held in county jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Teen Convicted in Cop Killing: A 19-year-old Texas man has been found guilty of beating to death an El Paso police officer in 2012.  The Associated Press reports that the off-duty officer confronted Juan Gonzalez and two of his friends after he caught them vandalizing his car.  When the officer identified himself, prosecutors say Gonzalez violently assaulted him causing critical injuries  that he died from nine days later.  Gonzalez now faces between five and 99 years in state prison.

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