WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) _ A jury recommends the death penalty for a Kansas man convicted of killing a 19-year-old college student two years ago.
Jurors had deliberated for about four hours over two days before returning their decision Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Justin Thurber. The same jury had convicted the Arkansas City man last week of capital murder in the January 2007 death of Jodi
Both the families of Sanderholm and Thurber were crying as the verdict was read.
The Cowley College student was abducted, raped and strangled. Her battered body was found several days after her disappearance in a wildlife area near Arkansas City.
Thurber's parents and sister had asked the jury Monday to spare his life.
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