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Jul 23, 9:38 AM EDT

Merged sentences sought in NE Pa. slaying case


SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- A man convicted in the death of a man whose body was found in a sport utility vehicle at the bottom of a northeastern Pennsylvania ravine last summer is asking a judge to combine his murder and conspiracy sentences.

Twenty-four-year-old Jason Dominick was convicted in Lackawanna County last month of third-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Frank Bonacci, whose body was found in an SUV on a ledge above Roaring Brook in July 2013.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( http://bit.ly/1pauqJm ) reports that defense attorney Bernard Brown argued in a sentencing memorandum filed Tuesday that the verdict didn't specify whether jurors believed his client pulled the trigger. He also argued that the conspiracy was part of the murder.

Twenty-four-year-old Neil Pal was earlier convicted of first-degree murder in the case.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/

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