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Convicted Child Killer Sentenced to Life Behind Bars: A Texas man convicted of raping and murdering a six-year-old girl last year has been sentenced to life in prison plus forty years after pleading guilty to the killing. Arezow Doost of CBS Dallas Fort Worth reports that in addition to the murder charge, 18-year-old Tyler Holder also pled guilty to arson and attempted capital murder for shooting a police officer the day of his arrest.  Holder will serve at least 50 years of his sentence before he will be eligible for parole. 

Florida High Court Upholds Death Sentence: The Florida Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicted of murdering two people within hours of each other.  Andrew Pantazi of The Florida Times-Union reports that Billy Sheppard Jr. shot and killed two people in separate car jacking attempts in the summer of 2008.  Sheppard challenged his death sentence based on the claim that the prosecution used hearsay during trial and that the jury was biased

Convicted Felon Charged in Triple-Homicide: A Missouri man with a lengthy criminal record is behind bars once again after authorities say he shot and killed three people and assaulted two others leaving them critically wounded.  CBS News reports that police believe 34-year-old Brandon Howell, a convicted felon, drove down a quiet neighborhood street Tuesday afternoon and began shooting at anyone standing outside.  Howell was paroled in 2011 after serving time for a home invasion conviction, he is currently being held in county jail without bond. 

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