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Mordenti gets life in prison

Mordenti, who previously had served 14 years on death row before winning a new trial, must serve 25 years before he's eligible for parole.

By CANDACE RONDEAUX
Published August 18, 2005


Michael Mordenti was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the murder of Thelma Royston. Mordenti, who previously had served 14 years on death row before winning a new trial, must serve 25 years before he's eligible for parole.

Mordenti, who maintained his innocence when he spoke at the sentencing hearing, went through three trials for the 1989 murder-for-hire case.

His conviction in the first trial was overturned, and the second ended in a mistrial earlier this year. A third jury convicted him again on Monday, but prosecutors had previously agreed not to seek the death penalty this time.

See tomorrow's Times or sptimes.com for the full report.