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Death Penalty Upheld for Pizza Workers’ Killer

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld the death sentence for a former Domino’s pizza employee who was convicted of killing three co-workers nearly 20 years ago.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Mitchell Sims’ contentions that his attorney had failed to present evidence of possible post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from childhood abuse or possible brain damage. The panel also refused to overturn the sentence based on statements made by the prosecutor.

Sims, 45, was found guilty in 1987 of the December 1986 drowning of John Harrigan, a Domino’s deliveryman, in a Glendale motel bathtub. Before arriving in Glendale, Sims killed two Domino’s workers in South Carolina.


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