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Brockton Double-Slaying Suspect Found Guilty

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A Brockton man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of first-degree murder in two killings that authorities said were racially motivated.

Keith Luke was also found guilty by a Plymouth Superior Court jury on several other counts Thursday, including aggravated rape, armed assault with intent to murder and armed home invasion.

The 26-year-old Luke displayed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Luke, who once showed up in court with a swastika carved into his forehead, was accused of fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman and a 72-year-old man in January 2009. He allegedly told investigators he wanted to kill "nonwhites." His victims were of Cape Verdean descent.

Luke's lawyer said his client had a history of mental illness.

The jury began deliberations on Wednesday.

This article was originally published on May 30, 2013.

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