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Man previously imprisoned for murder gets life sentence for fatal drug shooting


WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — A man who previously spent more than three decades in a New York prison for killing two people has been sentenced to life in prison for a Florida murder.

As part of a deal with Palm Beach County prosecutors to avoid the death penalty, 58-year-old Serge Alexander Motti pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges.

Authorities say Motti had arranged to meet with 22-year-old Jenard Frederick for a drug deal in July, but Motti ended up fatally shooting Frederick in the back of the head. Officials say Motti then shot Frederick's girlfriend and ran over her with a car, but she survived.

The Palm Beach Post ( ) reports that Motti was previously convicted in the 1978 slayings of a dog breeder and her assistant in upstate New York.

Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post,

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