Man sentenced to death in teen's 2002 slaying

Published: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:33 p.m.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A Pasco County man has been sentenced to death for killing a 16-year-old girl he picked up hitchhiking more than six years ago.

Phillup Partin was sentenced Monday for the July 31, 2002, slaying of Joshan (YO-shan) Ashbrook.

A jury found the 43-year-old Partin guilty in March and recommended by a 9-3 vote that he be executed.

Witnesses testified at trial that Partin picked up Ashbrook hitchhiking and brought her back to his house in New Port Richey, near Tampa. Workers found her body in the woods the next day.

She'd been beaten, strangled and had her throat cut.

Investigators tracked Partin to Fayetteville, N.C., where he was arrested in October 2003.

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