Convicted Indian American Baby Killer Sentenced to Die

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An Indian national convicted of killing a 10-month-old girl and her grandmother in a kidnapping for ransom gone awry has been sentenced to death in Pennsylvania.

The jury’s decision to hand down the death penalty on Tuesday night after convicting Raghunandan Yandamuri, 28, of two counts of first-degree murder means he is the only citizen of India on death row in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit group that monitors capital punishment.

The jury in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania deliberated for about four hours before deciding unanimously that Yandamuri should be executed for the deaths of Saanvi Venna and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61.

Prosecutors say Yandamuri, who worked for a division of eBay Inc in the Philadelphia suburbs, killed the baby, Saanvi Venna, and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61, in October 2012 as part of a kidnapping scheme to cover gambling losses at a nearby casino.