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Jury sentences Alabama man to die for murder

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — An Alabama man has been sentenced to death for the capital murder and mutilation of Brandy Stewart Yates at a George County, Miss., motel in 2004.

A jury convicted Joseph Bishop Goff, 29, of Theodore, on Thursday of arson and capital murder for the death of Yates, 29, of Irvington. Her body was found burned and mutilated Aug. 27, 2004.

On Friday, the jury returned a sentence of death.

Circuit Judge Dale Harkey sentenced Goff to 10 years on the arson charge.

Prosecutors alleged Goff crushed Yates' head using a nightstand drawer and later used the drawer's metal track to mutilate her body.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol arrested Goff near Vicksburg the same day of the killing after a traffic stop. Authorities said items taken from the hotel room were later found in Goff's car.

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