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Murder accomplice sentenced to death

An accomplice to a triple murder at a pizzeria was sentenced to death Friday. Michael Gene Lovette's sentence follows Thomas Anthony Wyatt's death sentence in February for the three murders at a Vero Beach Dominos Pizza in 1988. Besides giving Lovette three death sentences, Circuit Judge Thomas Walsh also handed him six consecutive life prison terms after finding him guilty of sexual battery, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of robbery with a firearm. Lovette also was sentenced to five years each for grand theft auto and grand theft firearm and 15 years for second-degree arson. All the sentences run consecutively with two prior life prison terms.Pensacola mayor for 14 years retiring

PENSACOLA _ Vince Whibbs will retire as mayor Monday after serving 14 years without once appearing on the ballot. The largely ceremonial appointive job is unusual among mayorships in Florida and no one has held it longer than Whibbs, 71. Only Pensacola's charter permits such a mayorship.

Piper Aircraft getting back to work

VERO BEACH _ Piper Aircraft Corp. has found enough cash to avoid filing for bankruptcy protection and resume manufacturing within 90 days, a newspaper reported Saturday. The manufacturer of small planes said it has signed a letter of intent with a private group, but declined to name the investors or disclose the amount of their investment, the Palm Beach Post reported. Piper President C. Raymond Johnson said Friday he expects to sign final agreements within 90 days.

_ Compiled from wire reports

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