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Texas man sentenced to death for Arizona killings

TUCSON, Ariz. - A Texas man convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping in the deaths of a Marana couple in 2009 has been sentenced to death.

Pima County prosecutors say 56-year-old Michael Carlson was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted in the case on Aug. 31.

The Arizona Daily Star says Carlson will be sentenced separately Oct. 29 on two kidnapping charges.

Carlson was arrested in June 2009 on an outstanding Texas parole violation warrant two weeks after 49-year-old Kenneth Alliman and 52-year-old Rebecca Lofton were reported missing.

Carlson was indicted in the case after he told a television reporter he had killed the couple and burned their bodies in trash pits. Carlson had been living with the couple rent-free on five acres of land near Tucson.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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