Steven Oken, already convicted of murdering a Maine motel clerk, has been sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 20-year-old White Marsh, Md., newlywed.

A Baltimore County jury, which convicted Oken of the 1987 slaying of Dawn Marie Garvin, sentenced him to die.

Before the jury reached its decision Friday in Towson, the 28-year-old Oken, of White Marsh, made a final appeal for mercy.

"I am responsible for taking the innocent life of Dawn Garvin," Oken said in a note that was read to the jury by his lawyer, Benjamin Lipsitz.

"There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of the grief I caused . . . the grief that her father, mother and husband live with every day. If there was anything I could do to bring Dawn Garvin back, I would," he wrote.

The jury disregarded his plea and decided that other mitigating factors -- his drug problem and his claim that he suffers from a mental disorder -- were not enough to keep it from condemning Oken to death.

"You are a very evil and dangerous man," Circuit Court Judge James T. Smith Jr. told Oken as he signed one order for death in the gas chamber, then another for a stay of execution pending a mandatory appeal.

Oken already has been sentenced to life in prison in Maine for killing a motel clerk, but the death sentence would take precedence. He faces another trial in Towson in the slaying of his sister-in-law, Patricia A. Hirt.