Scott Dekraai

California mass killer spared death sentence

A California judge ruled Friday that a convicted mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a long-running scandal over authorities' use of jailhouse informants.

Judge Thomas M. Goethals said 47-year-old Scott Dekraai would not be sentenced to death for killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at an Orange County hair salon.

The ruling leaves only the possibility that Dekraai will be sentenced to life in prison.

While acknowledging the "horrendous" nature of Dekraai's crime, the judge found that failures by the prosecution team would prevent a fair penalty phase of the trial.

Dekraai's defense attorneys had argued that repeated...