Paul Powell was convicted in the 1999 murder of Stacie Reed and the rape of her 14-year-old sister in their family home in the US state of Virginia.
He was sentenced to death in 2000 but higher courts ruled he could not be executed because the crimes were considered to be separate ones.
Convinced he no longer faced the death penalty, Powell then wrote a letter to prosecutors in which he said he had outsmarted them and also provided more details on the murder.
The details allowed prosecutors to charge Powell a second time for capital murder and win a new conviction and death sentence in 2003.
In his letter Powell wrote: "Since I have already been indicted on first degree murder and the Va. Supreme Court said that I can't be charged with capital murder again, I figured I would tell you the rest of what happened on Jan. 29, 1999, to show you how stup
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