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Man who killed 8 at Orange County, Calif., salon sentenced to life in prison

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A former tugboat captain who carried out Orange County's worst mass shooting was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison Friday for killing eight people at a Seal Beach salon in 2011.

The sentencing of Scott Evans Dekraai, 47, marked an emotional end to a case that has roiled the county's criminal justice system amid allegations that authorities used a secret network of jailhouse informants to violate inmates' constitutional rights.

The so-called snitch scandal led Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals last month to block prosecutors from pursuing the death penalty against Dekraai, ruling that the county's mishandling of

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