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Fla. neo-Nazi found guilty of murder

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A Florida jury has returned a guilty verdict against a 24-year-old neo-Nazi who went on a racially fueled rampage that left a teenager dead and a woman injured.

Jurors found John Ditullio guilty of first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, and he faces either life in prison or the death penalty when he is sentenced, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Wednesday.

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Ditullio lived with a group of American Nazis who had been harassing a neighbor and her gay son, prosecutors said.

Patricia Wells moved into the neighborhood with her son in December 2005 and almost immediately the threats and harassment began, prosecutors said.

She had an African-American friend who visited, prompting Ditullio and the others to label her a "(expletive) lover."

Kristofer King, a friend of her son, was staying over one night when a man in a gas mask broke in, stabbed Wells in the face and hands and killed King with knife blows to the head, prosecutors said.

A first trial for Ditullio last year ended with a hung jury.

This year, prosecutors presented a DNA analyst who matched a blood sample on Ditullio's boot to Wells.

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Wells, 49, said she cried "tears of joy" when the verdict was read.

"Ditullio has been guilty all along," she said afterward. "He has known it. He has said it in letters. He has said it in poems. He's the guilty one. It's proven."

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