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Convicted Killer Gets Death Penalty in Va.

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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2008

SelectPlusConvicted Killer Gets Death Penalty in Va.Convicted Killer Gets Death Penalty in Va.The Associated PressA jail escapee who set off a manhunt near Virginia Tech's campus by killing a hospital guard and later, a sheriff's deputy, was sentenced to death Monday despite his attorney's pleas for leniency. (June 24)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] [Notes:morva in courtroom]Convicted killer William Morva has been sentenced to death. [Notes:file of va tech lockdown] A Virginia judge imposed the jury's recommended sentence for the jail escapee who killed a hospital guard and a sheriff's deputy setting off a lockdown at Virginia Tech University months before the deadly campus shooting that happened there. [Notes:courtroom various]At Morva's sentencing on Monday, Defense attorney Thomas Blaylock pleaded for mercy, then Morva made a statement.SOT: Morva: My attorneys, they just did a good job of trying to ask you for mercy, but I don't ask for that. Because to be quite honest, I think there are very few people in this whole courtroom who even know what that word means." [Notes:outburst] That prompted an angry outburst from the wife of one of his victims who shouted that Morva showed no mercy when killing her husband.SOT: Morva: "I can't fight. There's nothing more I can do. But there are others like me, and I hope you know that. And soon they're going to get together. They're going to sweep over your whole civilization, and they're to going to wipe these smiles off your faces forever. That's all." [Notes:various from Va Tech incident Aug 2006]Morva overpowered a sheriff's deputy at a hospital where he had been taken for treatment in August 2006, and used the deputy's pistol to shoot a security guard. The a day later he shot a sheriff's deputy near the Virginia Tech campus. [Notes:Morva being escorted from courtroom] Grubbs set the execution date for October 21st, but Morva has an automatic appeal. ___ ___, The Associated Press

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