PHOENIX — A man accused of killing the operator of a speed-camera van parked along a Phoenix freeway has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Thomas Patrick Destories was sentenced Friday. He had faced a first-degree murder charge but pleaded guilty to second-degree murder under a plea deal.
The 69-year-old Destories was charged in the April 19, 2009, fatal shooting of Doug Georgianni, who was operating the speed-enforcement van.
Destories' attorney had argued in court that his client had a history of mental illness going back to 1970, but two psychologists examined him and found him competent to stand trial.
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Authorities haven't said what they believe the motive for the killing was, but say Destories and Georgianni had never met.