‘Heinous, depraved’: Closing arguments begin in Gary Lee Sampson case

A prosecutor in the Gary Lee Sampson death penalty case urged jurors during closing arguments Wednesday to dispense justice for three victims “brought together in the most tragic way.”

Speaking in US District Court in Boston, Assistant US Attorney Zachary R. Hafer argued that Sampson should receive a death sentence for the second time in the case.

Sampson was sentenced to death in 2003 for the carjacking and killing of Jonathan Rizzo, 19, and Philip McCloskey, 69, during a violent spree over several days in 2001. He also killed Robert “Eli” Whitney, 58, in New Hampshire, that same week.

A judge vacated the jury’s 2003 sentencing decision after finding wrongdoing by one of the jurors, and federal prosecutors sought capital punishment again for the Abington native who has admitted his crimes.

In court Wednesday, Hafer discussed how Sampson targeted Philip McCloskey, stabbing him “again and again and again.”

QA: The Sampson murder

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