Man given death for killing tourists

Thursday, October 10, 2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury decided Wednesday that Cary Stayner should die for killing three Yosemite National Park tourists in 1999, rejecting defense pleas to spare him because of mental illness and his traumatic childhood. The killings terrorized communities along the Sierra Nevada and went unsolved for more than five months. In that time, Stayner struck again, beheading a park naturalist; he was sentenced to life for that crime.

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