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Execution warrant signed for man convicted of killing 4

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed an execution warrant for the man convicted of kidnapping, robbing and brutally murdering a York County woman during a 1995 homicide spree that left four dead.

Mark Newton Spotz, now 41, murdered his brother and three women in a four-county killing spree. He is scheduled to be executed on Jan. 8 for the murder of Penny Gunnet, 41, in York.

This is the 21st execution warrant Corbett has signed. Executions in Pennsylvania are carried out by lethal injection.

Spotz was sentenced to death for each of the three woman he killed and to 17 1/2 to 35 years in prison for killing his brother. Spotz is set to be executed for murdering the third of his victims, Gunnet.

The killing spree began Jan. 31, 1995, in Clearfield County when Spotz shot his brother, Dustin, after a fight. He fled the area, and the next day robbed and brutally murdered June Ohlinger.
He then drove off with her car.

Afraid that police were tracking him, Spotz decided it was time to get rid of the car. The next day, he told his girlfriend he was going to get "the next woman.'' That next woman was Gunnet, who was on her way to work in York. 

Later that day, Spotz traveled to Harrisburg and abducted 71-year-old Betty Amstutz near her home in Dauphin County. He drove with Amstutz to two banks, cashing checks worth a total of $1,600, and then used her credit card to make purchases at a sporting goods store and to rent a room at a Carlisle motel.

Hours later, Spotz murdered Amstutz. Spotz then drove back to town and bragged to friends that he had shot and killed his brother and "these other women.''

Shortly before 9 a.m. the next morning, police surrounded Spotz's motel. He turned himself in.

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