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Life Sentence For Jewelry Store Murders

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Christopher DiMeo (File; Ned Gerard, Pool/AP Photo)

Christopher DiMeo (File; Ned Gerard, Pool/AP Photo)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A New York man who killed the two owners of a Connecticut jewelry shop in 2005 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release.

Twenty-nine-year-old Christopher DiMeo of Queens, N.Y., was sentenced Friday at Bridgeport Superior Court for gunning down husband and wife Tim and Kim Donnelly while robbing their Fairfield store.

A jury convicted DiMeo of capital felony and murder in February, but spared him from the death penalty last month. Capital felony carries only two possible penalties: lethal injection or a true life prison sentence. DiMeo’s girlfriend at the time of the killings, Nicole Pearce, pleaded guilty to the murders and awaits sentencing.

DiMeo is also serving a life sentence in New York for killing Long Island jewelry store owner Thomas Renison in 2004.

    (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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