Florida Serial Killer Sentenced to Death

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The drifter convicted of killing and beheading a Florida woman has been sentenced to death.

Gary Michael Hilton was sentenced on Thursday morning.

He was convicted in February of the death of 46-year-old Cheryl Dunlap.

A jury unanimously recommended a death sentence for the Crawfordville woman's murder.

Dunlap - a nurse and Sunday school teacher - was found dead in
north Florida's Apalachicola National Forest.

Hilton already has been sentenced to life in prison in Georgia after pleading guilty to killing 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson.

The headless bodies of both victims were found in wooded
areas where Hilton had camped in Georgia and Florida.

He still is a suspect in three other killings in Florida and North Carolina.


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