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By The Associated Press
Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

HARRISBURG — A central Pennsylvania woman who was shot five times by the man convicted on Friday of fatally shooting her daughter says she nonetheless does not want the killer to receive the death penalty.

Instead, Lithz Serrano says they want 25-year-old Miguel Figueroa-Novoa to spend life in prison thinking about his deeds and having to explain why he killed his son's mother.

Figueroa-Novoa was convicted of killing his girlfriend, 19-year-old Yarelis Berrios, and shooting Serrano, her mother, in a Harrisburg apartment in December 2010.

A cousin who was then 9 grabbed the couple's 2-year-old son and fled the shootings, which included a botched suicide by Figueroa-Novoa.

A new phase of the trial will begin on Monday, after which a jury must decide whether Figueroa-Novoa deserves the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

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