- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida man has been sentenced to death for the savage 2005 slaying of a Miami-area waitress.

A Miami-Dade judge sentenced 51-year-old Rafael Andres on Wednesday. Jurors previously convicted Andres of first-degree murder and recommended death by a 9-3 vote.

Trial testimony showed that Andres beat, stabbed and strangled 31-year-old Yvette Farinas with a rice cooker cord. He had been working as a handyman at a home attached to her apartment, and after the killing stole her ATM card. A neighbor saw Andres with a gas can next to the apartment before it went up in flames.

The Miami Herald (https://goo.gl/5Lf4H8) reports that Andres was previously convicted in 1987 of another woman’s slaying, but wound up serving only 18 months in prison.

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Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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