Fla. jury: Man gets death penalty for fire murders

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Posted: Apr 30, 2011 2:57 AM
Fla. jury: Man gets death penalty for fire murders

A central Florida man has been sentenced to death for the murders of two women he doused with gasoline and set on fire during a robbery.

A Polk County judge on Friday sentenced 33-year-old Leon Davis Jr. in the deaths. A jury convicted Davis in February of three counts of first-degree murder, one for each woman and a third for one woman's prematurely born child. The same jurors voted 8-4 that Davis should die.

Prosecutors say Davis robbed a Lake Wales insurance office in December 2007. During the robbery, he poured gasoline over two employees _ 26-year-old Yvonne Bustamante and 23-year-old Juanita Luciano _ and set them on fire. Both died later from the burns, along with Luciano's newborn son.