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Italians convict Floridian of slaying taxman in U.S.

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A restaurant owner who fled to Italy when he was accused of killing a tax collector was convicted there of the crime.

Pietro Venezia, 45, was convicted Thursday by a panel of eight judges in Taranto, Italy, of killing Donald Bonham on his doorstep as he came home with groceries on Christmas Eve 1993.Some testimony in the trial was taken in the United States after Venezia fled to Italy, which refused to extradite him out of fear he would be executed.

Venezia was sentenced to 23 years in prison and fined $200,000, said detective Ron Friedman, who investigated the case.