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Man sentenced to death for killing Meals on Wheels volunteer

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina jury has sentenced a man to death for killing a 77-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer and to life without parole for beating one of her clients to death.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that 40-year-old Timothy Hartford was sentenced Friday for killing Anne Magness. The jury sentenced Hartford to life in prison without parole in the beating death of 64-year-old Bob Denning. Hartford was convicted of murder, robbery and trying to kill 81-year-old Bill Magness.

Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty for Hartford and his then-girlfriend, Ashley Kristine Smith. Smith's trial has not started.

Authorities say Hartford and Smith were robbing Denning at his home when Magness and her husband arrived with Denning's lunch.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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