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Blaine Ross sentenced to death

Convicted killer Blaine Ross today was sentenced to die by lethal injection, for killing his parents in 2004.

Circuit Judge Edward Nicholas handed down the sentence, during a hearing this morning at the Manatee County Courthouse. The jury that in April had convicted Ross, 25, of using a baseball bat to kill Richard and Kathleen Ross while they slept in the family's East Manatee Home, had recommended by an 8-4 vote, that Ross receive the death penalty.

Nicholas was required by state law to give the recommendation "great weight," but he had the final say.