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Death sentence for father who set fire to van, daughter

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A man who admitted dousing his minivan in gasoline and setting it on fire with his 2-year-old daughter strapped inside has received a death sentence.

Michael Passaro, 38, pleaded guilty to murder and arson on Monday in the November 1998 killing. He was sentenced Thursday.

"There's no joy in sending someone to death row," said prosecutor Greg Hembree. "There's satisfaction that it was the appropriate sentence. Michael Joseph Passaro deserves the death penalty. The burning death of a 2-year-old is inexcusable."