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Convicted Manatee County killer sentenced to death

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He's already serving a life sentence for a violent home invasion. Now, a convicted murderer Delmer Smith is sentenced to death.

A jury convicted Smith of killing Kathleen Briles last year and recommended the death penalty. Smith was back in a Manatee County courtroom Tuesday afternoon to face a judge for sentencing.

Investigators said Briles' husband found her bound and beaten body in their Terra Ceia home in 2009.

"It was devastating. It was unbelievable," Dr. James Briles told News Channel 8 in 2010. "How can you describe it?"

Investigators said Smith beat Briles to death with her 23-pound sewing machine after he broke into her home and stole her jewelry.

A psychologist testified that Smith is brain damaged and suffers from mental health issues.  Another doctor disputed those findings at a hearing last year.

Smith is currently serving a life sentence for a brutal 2009 home invasion in Sarasota.

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