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State Judge G. Sarsfield Ford Dies At 79

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP)  Connecticut Judge G. Sarsfield Ford, who sentenced serial killer Michael Ross to death in 1987, has died. He was 79.

An obituary prepared by Ford’s family says he died Sunday in Fairfield after battling declining health following a stroke in 2006.

Ford grew up in Bridgeport, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1955 and earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 1958.  He worked as a private lawyer and public defender until Gov. Thomas J. Meskill nominated him for Superior Court judge in 1973.

Ford sentenced Ross to death for killing four young women in eastern Connecticut, after a jury decided on the death penalty. Ross was executed by lethal injection in 2005.

Ford’s funeral is set for Friday at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Fairfield.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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