Ohio Serial Killer Sentenced to Death

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Anthony Sowell sits in the courtroom before the jury recommended the death penalty for Sowell Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Cleveland. Sowell was convicted July 22 of aggravated murder in 11 women's deaths.

Serial killer Anthony Sowell, who was convicted last month of murdering 11 women and dumping their remains around his home in Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced to death Friday. Judge Dick Ambrose said Sowell deserved to die after he analyzed Sowell’s crimes. The killer was arrested on Halloween in 2009, after police went to his house on a sexual assault complaint. The women began disappearing in 2007, and several families filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, alleging that the police had failed to properly investigate the disappearances because most of the victims were addicted to drugs or had been living in poor areas.