Man gets life sentence in beating death

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2012 home-invasion robbery and beating death of an elderly Gainesville homeowner.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty in the case, but jurors recommended a life sentence. Judge Mark Moseley agreed to the recommended sentence for Austin Mark Jones on Friday.

Jones‘ cousin had worked as a caretaker for the victim who was disabled. Prosecutors said Jones and his cousin plotted the home invasion and robbery.

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