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Man executed in Florida for raping, killing 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce

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Ryce killer to be executed Feb. 12, governorís office says

Death row inmate Juan Carlos Chavez walks into the criminal courthouse in this Jan. 9, 2007, file photo in Miami. The South Miami-Dade farmhand who raped, murdered and dismembered 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce nearly two decades ago will be executed on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., the governor’s office said. (Walter Michot/Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A man has been executed in Florida for raping and killing a 9-year-old boy 18 years ago, a death that spurred the victim’s parents to press nationwide for stronger sexual predator confinement laws,

Authorities say 46-year-old Juan Carlos Chavez was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m. Wednesday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison.

Chavez abducted Jimmy Ryce at gunpoint after the boy got off a school bus on Sept. 11, 1995, in rural southwestern Miami-Dade County. Testimony showed Chavez raped the boy, shot him when he tried to escape, then dismembered his body.

Ryce’s parents turned the tragedy’s pain into a push for stronger U.S. laws regarding confinement of sexual predators and improved police procedures in missing child cases.

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