BOSTON (AP) — A sentencing retrial for a Massachusetts drifter convicted of carjacking and killing two men in 2001 has been rescheduled for next February.

Gary Lee Sampson, originally from Abington, was sentenced to death after pleading guilty to federal charges in the killings of 19-year-old Jonathan Rizzo of Kingston and 69-year-old Philip McCloskey of Taunton.

Sampson also pleaded guilty in New Hampshire state court to killing 58-year-old Robert Whitney in Meredith shortly after the other slayings. He received a life sentence.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf threw out Sampson’s federal sentence in 2011.

A judge on Tuesday scheduled the resentencing trial for February 2015, despite objections from Sampson’s lawyers who say they cannot be ready before the fall of 2015.

Prosecutors wanted the re-sentencing trial in February 2015.

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