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Boggess Sentenced to Die Beating Death Death of...

Posted March 20, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Todd Boggess has been sentenced to death for beating to death a Wilmington teenager.

Sharlene Pence, mother of the victim, has been in court throughout the trial and sentencing. She says there is, finally, a sense of closure for her.

Boggess was convicted by the same jury March 10 of first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping in the death of 17-year-old Daniel Lee Pence of Wilmington.

Defense attorneys tried to spare Boggess saying that he was sexually abused as a child, had drug and alcohol problems and was chronically depressed. They said he was mentally incapable of premeditated murder.

But District Attorney Jim Hardin Jr. said Boggess knew exactly what he was doing when he killed Pence. Pence was kidnapped at Wrightsville Beach on August 22, 1995, and his battered body was found in northern Durham County.

As the verdict was read, Boggess looked straight ahead, showing no emotion.

-- From staff and wire reports