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Livaditis Gets Death Sentence

July 08, 1987

Drifter Steven Livaditis, who said he felt cheated by life, today was sentenced to the gas chamber for the murder of three people in a daylong siege last year at Van Cleef & Arpels, a posh Beverly Hills jewelry store.

Livaditis, 23, showed no emotion as he was sentenced to die. He had pleaded guilty to killing a security guard and a saleswoman when he tried to rob the Rodeo Drive store on June 23, 1986. He admitted culpability in the death of the store manager who was killed by a policesharpshooter as Livaditis tried to escape from the store using three other hostages as a shield.

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