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Man gets death penalty for setting clerk on fire

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Jurors have sentenced a man to death for killing a convenience store clerk by setting her on fire.

Matthew Johnson, 38, of Garland was found guilty last week of capital murder for the death of 76-year-old Nancy Harris.

A jury deliberated over two days before sentencing him to death on Friday morning.

Harris was working at the Fina Station on Broadway when Johnson tried to rob it in May 2012.

Surveillance video of the incident was shown in court during the trial. It shows Harris covered in flames, leaving store. She was spotted by Garland police, who put out the fire with an extinguisher.

Firefighters testified Harris had first, second and third degree burns on her face, shoulders, abdomen, arms and legs.

She died a few days after the attack, but was able to able to first describe the person responsible.

The firefighters said Harris told them Johnson poured lighter fluid on her head from a Gatorade bottle, which was later found outside the store.

A Garland patrol officer testified Johnson was caught in a nearby alley and appeared sober and coherent.

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