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Death sentence meted to ‘Baseline Killer’

PHOENIX, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A jury in Arizona Wednesday sentenced Mark Goudeau, Phoenix's "Baseline Killer," to death for a horrific 11-month crime spree that included murder and rape.

Goudeau, 47, was convicted Oct. 31 on 67 felony counts. Before the sentencing phase of his trial, he asked the jury for life in prison instead of a death sentence.

He said he believes he is being judged based on prior crimes.

Goudeau was sent to prison in 1989 for a sexual assault that resembled the Baseline Killer crimes.

"People can change," he said. "I changed. ... I got out of prison and never looked back."

The Maricopa County Superior Court jury took two days to decide Goudeau should be executed, The Arizona Republic reported.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Goudeau attacked 33 victims, nine of whom were killed, between August 2005 and June 2006.

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