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Inmate formally sentenced in guard's death

4 years ago May 24, 2011 May 24, 2011 Tuesday, May 24 2011 Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:31:09 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Brittany Rivas

ST. FRANCISVILLE- A state district judge has formally sentenced Jeffrey Cameron Clark to die for murdering a prison security officer.

A jury chosen in St. Tammany Parish last week convicted Clark of first-degree murder and sentenced him to death in the Dec. 28, 1999, beating and stabbing death of Louisiana State Penitentiary Capt. David C. Knapps.

The Advocate reports Clark, who represented himself during much of the 10-day trial, told presiding Judge Jerome M. Winsberg on Monday that he waived his right for a 24-hour delay in sentencing and thanked his court-appointed lawyers before Angola officers escorted Clark from the courtroom.

Clark is one of five Angola inmates - known as the Angola 5 - indicted in Knapps' death.

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