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Man sentenced in 2007 western Ky. death

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky jury has recommended a sentence of life without parole for a man convicted for the second time in the 2007 death of a Marshall County woman.

The jury recommended the life sentence for 42-year-old George Luna and 20 years for first-degree arson. Luna was convicted Friday in the beating death of 46-year-old Debra Hendrickson of Benton. Prosecutors said her home was set on fire to hide the evidence.

The attorney general's Office of Special Prosecutions handled the case, which was moved to Trigg County after a jury couldn't be seated in Marshall County. Luna's 2008 conviction was thrown out by the state Supreme Court due to a problem with a juror.

The attorney general's office said after the recommended sentence was returned Monday, Luna waived formal sentencing.


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