Crime

He killed a couple after responding to a Craigslist sex ad — now he’ll pay the price

Peter Avsenew was found guilty in November.
Peter Avsenew was found guilty in November.

A Fort Lauderdale man who shot a couple to death in 2010 was sentenced to death Thursday afternoon, according to news reports.

Peter Avsenew, 33, faced either a life sentence or the death penalty, reported Local 10. During closing arguments, prosecutors showed the Broward jury photos of 52-year-old Stephen Adams and 47-year-old Kevin Powell shot dead inside their Wilton Manors home.

“I have no regrets in my life and I am proud of the decisions I've made. No one really knows what happened that day. Everyone can speculate what ifs and maybes until they're blue in the face, which they'll never really know,” Avsenew said Thursday, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

Despite the advice from a judge and his former lawyers, the convicted killer represented himself. When the sentencing was announced, the victims’ families simply nodded in agreement.

According to the Sun Sentinel, prosecutors say Avsenew killed both men, and stole their money and their car after responding to a sex ad on Craigslist.

Avsenew says that storyline is false, that he found the men dead, and didn't call police because he'd been working for the couple as an escort.

Prosecutors say Avsenew then rushed to his mother’s house. After becoming suspicious, she turned him in to police.

Avsenew was found guilty in November.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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