Man who admitted to killing photo radar employee learns his fate

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) - A man accused of killing the operator of a speed-camera van while he was on duty along a Phoenix freeway has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. 

Thomas Patrick Destories received the sentence Friday as part of a plea deal. He had faced a charge of first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder under the deal. 

The 69-year-old Destories was charged in the April 19, 2009 fatal shooting Doug Georgianni, who was operating a speed-enforcement van on a Phoenix freeway. 

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. 

Authorities haven't said what they believe the motive for the killing was, but say Destories and Georgianni had never met. 

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