Hitchhiker’s grisly tale to be told again at new sentencing

A man who was sentenced to death in the 2001 carjack killings of two Massachusetts men will get another chance to ask a jury to spare his life.

A sentencing retrial for Gary Sampson is scheduled to begin Wednesday in federal court in Boston.

A jury gave Sampson the death penalty in 2003, but that was overturned eight years later by a judge who found that one of the jurors had lied repeatedly about her background.

Sampson pleaded guilty to carjacking and killing 69-year-old Philip McCloskey and 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo during a weeklong crime rampage in July 2001. Sampson was convicted separately in New Hampshire for killing Robert “Eli” Whitney.

Sampson’s retrial is expected to last about three months.

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