Man Sentenced To Death For Killing Cal Poly Pomona Student

POMONA, Calif. (AP) - A man convicted of slashing the throat of a Cal Poly Pomona student has been sentenced to death.

A Superior Court judge on Thursday upheld jurors' recommendations that James Winslow Dixon get the death penalty. The judge also denied a defense motion for a new trial or to reduce his sentence to life in prison.

The 35-year-old Dixon was found guilty in March for the 2001 murder of Christina Burmeister and two unrelated rapes in 1996.

The 20-year-old Cerritos woman was on her way to a fraternity party when she was abducted. Her body was found the next day inside
her pickup truck.

The killing went unsolved for four years until DNA found in the truck linked Dixon to the crime.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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