Phoenix area's Baseline Killer sentenced to death

November 30, 2011 - 4:50 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona jury has sentenced a man convicted of being the Phoenix area's Baseline Killer to death, agreeing with prosecutors that the murders he committed were especially cruel.

Jurors reached the verdict Wednesday, about a month after finding 47-year-old Mark Goudeau (goo-DOH') guilty of the nine murders and 58 other charges, including kidnapping and rape.

Goudeau had been serving a 438-year sentence in a 2005 sexual assault case tied to the Baseline Killer attacks but only recently became eligible for the death penalty after the murder convictions.

Police named the series of killings and other crimes after Baseline Road in south Phoenix where many of the earliest attacks happened.

Prosecutors argued that the murders were especially cruel, saying that the victims suffered unimaginable terror and anguish in the moments leading up to their deaths.