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Pasco man sentenced to death for murder of 94-year-old woman

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A Pasco County judge sentenced John Sexton to death Friday morning for the murder of 94-year-old Ann Parlato.

Wearing an orange and white jail jumpsuit and shackled in handcuffs, John Sexton Junior showed no emotion as Judge Mary Handsel sentenced him to death for the murder of 94 year old Ann Parlato.

During the trial, the prosecution told jurors that in 2010, John Sexton went to Ann Parlato's home and brutally murdered her. Sexton was Parlato’s lawn man.

Sexton's attorneys tried to convince the jury that their client suffered from mental illness from being abused as a child and from abusing alcohol.

At one point, Sexton even asked the judge for a new lawyer. He told the judge that his attorney had no credibility with the jury, that his defense team failed to get a continuance and that some of his witnesses were not available.

Following the sentencing, Parlato’s niece, Jeri Barr, told us that she is relieved that Sexton got the death penalty and that she will never forgive him for what he did. Barr said this will finally come to an end, “When he takes his last breath and I hope to be there.”

Dori Cifelli, a friend of Parlato, found her unconscious on the floor inside her home. The medical examiner testified that the 94 year old victim had been sexually assaulted, beaten to death and her body was partially set on fire.

Cifelli read a statement to the judge on how this crime has impacted family and friends.

"Not only was she robbed of her remaining years but her family is left with her brutal murder. No chance for a final hug before age takes over," Cifelli read as she choked up.

John Sexton has thirty days to appeal the death sentence. In the meantime, he will be transferred to the Department of Corrections

Throughout his trial and court proceedings, Sexton showed no emotion.

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