Massachusetts

Closing arguments to begin in carjack killings resentencing

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2001, file photo shows Gary Sampson during arraignment in district court in Brockton, Mass. Sampson was sentenced to death in 2003 for the carjack killings of multiple men in 2001, but the sentence was overturned in 2011. Closing arguments are scheduled in his sentencing retrial Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/The Patriot Ledger, Greg Derr, Pool, File)

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2001, file photo shows Gary Sampson during arraignment in district court in Brockton, Mass. Sampson was sentenced to death in 2003 for the carjack killings of multiple men in 2001, but the sentence was overturned in 2011. Closing arguments are scheduled in his sentencing retrial Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/The Patriot Ledger, Greg Derr, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

For the second time, a federal jury will be asked to decide if a drifter who carjacked and killed two Massachusetts men should be put to death for the weeklong crime rampage.

Gary Lee Sampson was condemned to die in 2003, but that decision was later overturned. A new jury will hear closing arguments Wednesday in Sampson's sentencing retrial.

Sampson pleaded guilty in the 2001 killings of 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey. He is charged under federal law, which allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty when a murder is committed during a carjacking.

Sampson's lawyer says Sampson has suffered from brain damage since age 4. Prosecutors portrayed Sampson as a manipulative career criminal.

Sampson received a separate life sentence for killing a third man in New Hampshire.