Prosecutors said Travis Ricci yelled racial slurs at the interracial couple before opening fire, killing the woman.

A jury voted to send a Phoenix man, described by authorities as a neo-Nazi, to prison for life for killing a woman when he shot at an interracial couple as they walked.

Travis Ricci, 37, was sentenced in the October 2009 shooting death of Kelly Ann Jaeger, who was walkingnear a north Phoenix park with her boyfriend.

Prosecutors said Ricci was a member of the Vinlanders Social Club, a neo-Nazi group. They contended he was angry that Jaeger, who was white, was with a black man and began to shout racial slurs at the couple before he shot at them.

This was the second time Ricci has been tried for Jaeger's death; the first ended in a mistrial.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, Ricci's defense lawyers contended his actions could be traced to an abusive childhood.

On Jan. 9, the jury had found him guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, attempt to commit first-degree murder, drive-by shooting, assisting a street gang and misconduct involving weapons.

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