SHOCK. HORROR. Those are some of the reactions to U.S. District Judge Mark L. Wolf's decision to give an admitted spree killer "another chance" by pulling his death sentence. Gary Sampson has recently been granted a new trial that will determine only if he is to be executed or receive life in prison. The repeat offender has already pleaded guilty to three murders in New Hampshire and Massachusetts over a weeklong crime spree in July 2001. Wolf told
the court a juror in the 2003 sentencing failed to reveal her hubby threatened her with a rifle and that her daughter served time in jail. Huh? The father of torture victim Jonathan Rizzo said: “I wish I could say I was surprised. I’m not surprised. I’m extremely disappointed and phenomenally outraged at the fact that one man with the ego the size of Judge Wolf’s tried to overturn the good work done by so many people in coming to the right decision many years ago. I believe Judge Wolf is trying what he thinks is good for his image and himself. He doesn’t care about anybody else."
Sampson pleaded guilty to murdering Philip McCloskey, 69, in Marshfield; Jonathan Rizzo, 19, who was found stabbed to death and tied to a tree in Abington; and Robert Whitney, 58, who was found strangled inside a cabin on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire; all in the space of a week in July 2001 while on the lam from bank robbery charges in North Carolina.