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Condemned Arizona serial killer also gets life terms

Dale Hausner holds up six fingers for the six death penalties imposed in a series of  Phoenix murders.

Dale Hausner holds up six fingers for the six death penalties imposed in a series of Phoenix murders.

PHOENIX – A man convicted of killing six people and attacking 19 others was sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus nearly 365 years on Monday, just days after being condemned for the dozens of random, nighttime shootings that terrorized the city in 2005 and 2006.

A jury on Friday gave Dale Hausner, 36, six death sentences for six murder convictions in the so-called Serial Shooter attacks.

Judge Roland Steinle sentenced Hausner on Monday for the other attacks, including the life terms for two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and nearly 365 years on dozens of other counts that included attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and drive-by shooting.

Hausner told Steinle on Monday to “let me have it.”

“I’m willing to accept the maximum penalty,” Hausner said. “I’m not going to point fingers at anyone else.”

Hausner was convicted in the attacks earlier this month. The attacks and an unrelated serial killer case kept police and neighborhood watch groups on high alert in the summer of 2006.

Daryl Davies, who was injured in a drive-by shooting, told the judge during Monday’s hearing that his organs were still riddled with shotgun pellets and caused him constant pain. He said he hoped Hausner “never sees the light of day.”

Mary Patrick, whose son, Paul, was seriously injured in 2006, said after the hearing that the sentencing offered her little comfort.

“Telling me (Hausner) is going to die doesn’t mean much because I still have to deal with a son who isn’t well,” Patrick said.

Paul Patrick attended most of Hausner’s months-long trial until he suffered a stroke last month, possibly as a result of the shotgun pellets still in his body. He is partially paralyzed and remains hospitalized.

Prosecutors said Hausner preyed on pedestrians, bicyclists, dogs and horses during the 14-month conspiracy that occasionally included his brother and former roommate, Samuel Dieteman.

Dieteman testified against Hausner and is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to two of the Serial Shooter killings.

As the star prosecution witness at Hausner’s trial, Dieteman said he and Hausner cruised around late at night looking for strangers to shoot.

Hausner offered alibis that included being at his girlfriends’ houses, shopping at the grocery store, driving in another part of the Phoenix area or taking care of his sick daughter.

Howard Sutton, one of the jurors who sentenced Hausner to death, said he was in court Monday because he said he “needed the closure.”

“There’s a finality to it, and hearing the rest of the charges that we didn’t have any control over,” Sutton said.

He said he decided to condemn Hausner because of the “callousness and the randomness” of the attacks and because Hausner didn’t show remorse.

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