Alejandro Avilia signed photograph

Alejandro Avilia signed photograph

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Jurors convicted Alejandro Avila in the 2002 death of 5-year-old Samantha Runnion.

Avila, 30, was convicted of kidnapping, murder and two counts of sexual assault. Jurors will decide in a separate penalty phase whether he should get the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Opening statements in the penalty phase were scheduled for Wednesday.

Samantha's mother Erin Runnion, in the front row of the courtroom, cried silently as verdicts were read. She hugged prosecutor David Brent as the jury left the courtroom.

She thanked jurors, law enforcement authorities, prosecutors and the media during a news conference. 

The photo is signed on the front.

 

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