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Death sentence in L.A. slayings

CALIFORNIA BRIEFING / TORRANCE

October 31, 2008|Joanna Lin

A man was sentenced to death Thursday for killing two women and a teenage girl and sexually assaulting and attempting to murder a child in Los Angeles in 1999 and 2000.

Barry Wendell Mosley, 49, was sentenced to death plus 225 years to life at Torrance Superior Court, following a jury's recommendations. He will be transferred to San Quentin's Death Row.

Mosley was convicted in August of the sexual assault and murder of Adrienne Reed, 29, in her home in 2000. He also sexually assaulted and tried to kill Reed's 8-year-old daughter before burglarizing their home and fleeing, district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said in a statement.

Mosley was also convicted of the 1999 rape and murder of Bessie Carter, 17, and her mother, Shirley Austin, 54.

The victims were strangled and their home burglarized.

-- Joanna Lin

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