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Killer gets another life term

Mack Ruffin, who is serving a life sentence for the 1978 murder of Hernando County sheriff's deputy Lonnie Coburn, has been sentenced to another life term for the murder of a 21-year-old Sumter County woman hours earlier the same night. Circuit Judge Carven Angel on Friday sentenced Ruffin for the murder of Karol Hurst after a jury voted 6-6 for a life sentence. Juries are not required to reach unanimous decisions when voting on a sentence, and a tie vote is considered a recommendation for a life sentence. Both Ruffin and co-defendant Freddie Lee Hall originally were sentenced to death for the murder of Hurst. But a federal appeals court ruled that a jury had received incomplete instructions before recommending the death penalty. Hall also is serving a life term for Coburn's murder. A Dec. 10 date has been set for his resentencingin Hurst's death.Correction

The barbecue for local and state candidates sponsored by Joe Paddear was held on Saturday. An article on Tuesday gave an incorrect date.

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