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4 life terms and no parole for handyman in sex killings

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- A handyman and auto body repairman was convicted of four sex murders Friday and was immediately sentenced to four life terms without parole.

Alfred Gaynor was charged with aggravated rape and murders of four Springfield women between November 1997 and February 1998. The killings, along with a fifth, unsolved murder, spread fear through the city, especially in minority neighborhoods.All four victims were black, as is Gaynor, 33.

The prosecution said the killer lured the victims by offering them cocaine, then sodomized them and choked them to death.