Published: Feb 17, 2011 5:53 PM EST
Updated: Feb 17, 2011 2:55 PM EST

PENSACOLA- A judge is expected to issue the final sentence for the convicted ringleader of a deadly ninja-style attack on a Panhandle couple.

In a hearing Thursday afternoon, Judge Nickolas Geeker will say whether he agrees with a jury's recommendation that Patrick Gonzalez Jr. be executed for the slayings of Byrd and Melanie Billings.

Gonzalez was convicted in October of leading a group of men dressed like ninjas to rob and kill the Florida couple while their nine special-needs children slept or cowered nearby.

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