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SPRINGFIELD, MO – A former middle-school football coach convicted of abducting, raping and killing 10-year-old Hailey Owens has been sentenced to death.

Back in 2014, 45-year-old Craig Wood stopped his truck to ask directions from 10-year-old Hailey Owens as she was walking down the street.

When Owens approached Wood, he lunged out of his vehicle, grabbed Owens and threw her inside “like a rag doll” before speeding away.

A couple witnessed the entire thing and tried chasing down the truck, but were unsuccessful. However, they were able to give police a detailed description of Wood and his truck.

Police were quickly able to identify the driver was Wood and were at his home within a few hours of Owens’ abduction. Unfortunately, it was too late — Owen’s body was found in Wood’s basement, stuffed inside a plastic storage container.

It would later be revealed that after abducting Owens, Woods had taken her straight to his basement where he raped the girl before shooting her in the back of the head. According to prosecutors, Owens was tortured in the last 45 minutes of her life.

Wood was charged with murder, kidnapping, rape, sodomy and armed criminal action. He would express remorse for his actions, claiming he was high on meth when he abducted, raped and murdered Owens.

In November, Woods was convicted of first-degree murder — which made him eligible for the death penalty — but the jury couldn’t decide whether to give him death or give him life in prison without parole.

Last Thursday, Greene County Circuit Judge Thomas Mountjoy made that decision and sentenced Wood to death. The judge referred to the “death of innocence” in explaining his decision.

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