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Bay Area toll collector killer sentenced to death

MARTINEZ — A Northern California man was sentenced to death Friday for the shotgun killing of his ex-girlfriend while she was working at a San Francisco Bay-area bridge toll plaza.

Nathan Burris' sentencing by Contra Costa County Judge John Kennedy followed a jury's recommendation for Burris to receive the death penalty after they found the former truck driver guilty of two counts of murder with special circumstances of killing multiple people and lying in wait.

"I made my choice and I live with it," Burris said Friday. "I'm not going to show any remorse. I'm not going to ask you to spare my life."

In November, Burris, 49, of Richmond, was convicted for fatally shooting Deborah Ross in a toll booth on the busy Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in August 2009. Burris also was found guilty of shooting and killing Ross' friend, Ersie "Chuckie" Everette III, a Golden Gate Transit District bus driver who was visiting her.

Burris shot Ross, 51, and Everette, 58, because he thought they had become romantically involved after Ross ended their relationship.


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