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Man sentenced to death in murder of 5-year-old girl

GULFPORT- Harrison County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced a man to death for the sexual assault and hanging of 5-year-old Janaya Makayia Thompson. 

Alberto Julio Garcia, 32, was given the death penalty for sexually abusing and hanging Thompson by one of her socks. He was sentenced on Wednesday after a guilty plea on Jan. 18.

The incident occurred in 2014. Thompson’s body was found in an abandoned trailer that July.

Garcia could have been sentenced to live without parole.

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