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Man Convicted of Killing BBC Broadcaster

July 03, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A man said to be obsessed with celebrities was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering BBC broadcaster Jill Dando outside her London home in April 1999.

Barry George, 41, had denied shooting the popular host of "Crimewatch," a TV show that seeks to solve real-life crimes.

The jury deliberated for more than 30 hours before convicting George on a vote of 10 to 1.

George, a convicted sex offender, showed no emotion as the sentence was imposed. His lawyer said an appeal is planned.

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