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SHAWCROSS CONVICTED OF MURDERS

A paroled child killer who for two years preyed upon women frequenting downtown streets was convicted Thursday of the serial murders of 10 women.

A Monroe County Court jury found Arthur J. Shawcross guilty of 10 counts of second-degree murder. Jurors rejected defense arguments that Shawcross legally was insane or extremely emotionally disturbed when he committed the killings.

Shawcross, who is 45 but looks much older, showed no reaction as a court clerk read each victim's name and Edwards responded, "Guilty of murder in the second degree."

He faces a trial in neighboring Wayne County next year in the slaying of another woman.

Most of the victims were prostitutes. All frequented the streets of downtown Rochester, with lifestyles that made them easy targets for a serial killer. Most were strangled, their bodies left hidden along the Genesee River or in other secluded locations.

After the verdicts were announced, relatives of the victims swarmed around Assistant District Attorney Charles Siragusa. There were tears in the eyes of many of them as they hugged and shook hands with the prosecutor.

Shawcross faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison on each of the 10 counts. Sentencing has been scheduled for Feb. 1.

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