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N. Augusta man sentenced to death for 1 of 4 murder charges

Published: Jan. 22, 2004 at 12:43 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2004 at 8:40 PM EST
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Reinaldo Rivera in court
Reinaldo Rivera in court

(Augusta, Georgia-AP) Jan. 26, 2004 - A South Carolina man convicted of murdering an Augusta woman and accused of raping and killing three others in the Augusta area has been sentenced to death.
     
Reinaldo Rivera of North Augusta showed no emotion when the Superior Court jury in Richmond County returned its verdict Monday after more than eight hours of deliberation. When Judge Albert Pickett asked him if he had anything to say, Rivera said only, "I'm sorry."

A Superior Court jury found Rivera guilty on 14 counts in the fatal September 2000 attack on Fort Gordon Sergeant Marni M. Glista, 21, and an assault on Chrisilee Barton the following month.

On Saturday, during the sentencing portion of his trial, the 40-year-old Rivera asked the jurors to sentence him to die. He told the jury that if he had the chance, he would likely kill again. He says he still fantasizes about hurting the same girls that he killed.

Rivera also has been charged in the deaths Tabitha L. Bosdell, 18, in Richmond County, Georgia; and Melissa Dingess, 17, and Tiffaney Wilson, 17, in Aiken County, South Carolina, in 1999.

Updated 9:10pm by BrettWitt