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Death penalty for man convicted of killing elderly Pasco woman

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NEW PORT RICHEY (FOX 13) -

He sat emotionless.

"You, John Sexton, are sentenced to death for the murder of Mrs. Anne Parlato," said Judge Mary Hands el.

Just a few feet away, the faces of Parlato's friends and family told a story of anguish, relief and victory.

"This is justice," said Doric Cicelies said.

Ann's friend Doric Cicelies and niece Jerri Barr have waited three years for this day.

"The right thing has been done. The judge handled it in a very judicious way," Barr said.

Ann Parlato was 94 years old. She trusted John Sexton, and hired him to mow her lawn.

In 2010, he brutally attacked, beat and raped her. He mutilated her body, and set her on fire.

Cifelli found her body.

"I've had to fight a reoccurring image of Anne's beaten face. I found her on the living room floor, and never have I felt so hopeless or horrified," she said.

A jury convicted Sexton last April. It took them barely 90 minutes to impose the recommended the death penalty.

Today, the judge made it official.

Friends and family are confident his day will come.

"The sooner it can happen, the happier and more relieved we will be," said Barr.

Ann survived the Great Depression and a broken hip. She lived to be 94, and friends say she saw only the good in people.

Her family said it makes the tragedy even harder to stomach.

"When he takes his last breath, I hope to be there," Barr said.

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