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Landlord Convicted in Murder of 5 Men

<i> Associated Press</i>

A landlord was convicted Friday of murdering five men in a feud that started with a bounced rent check.

Geoffrey Ferguson, 47, was found guilty of fatally shooting three of his tenants and two of their guests in 1995 and then setting the Redding apartment house on fire to cover up the crime. Each of the men was shot in the head; four of the bodies were burned beyond recognition.

Ferguson faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Earlier, prosecutors dropped a bid to seek the death penalty.


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