Mass. man convicted of racially-motivated killings

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who once appeared in court with a swastika scratched on his forehead has been convicted of two killings authorities say were racially-motivated.

Twenty-six-year-old Keith Luke of Brockton displayed no emotion as he listened to the guilty verdicts for the fatal shootings of 20-year-old Selma Goncalves and 79-year-old Arlindo Goncalves. The two were of Cape Verdean descent. They were not related. Luke was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

He also was convicted of numerous other crimes, including aggravated rape.

The defense argued Luke was mentally ill and not criminally responsible for his actions. But prosecutor Frank Middleton said Luke did not have a mental defect and was motivated by a desire to kill and rape. Police said Luke told investigators he wanted to kill “non-whites.”

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