La. inmates face life in 2011 kidnapping death
JACKSON, Miss. - Two Louisiana inmates were facing life sentences Thursday in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted from a hotel in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree.
Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth were inmate workers with jobs as groundskeepers at the Louisiana State Police compound in Baton Rouge, when authorities say they stole a van and drove away March 4, 2011.
A few days later, David Cupps disappeared from a hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., where he was staying while in town to inspect the Grand Gulf nuclear plant.
Cupps' body was found at a hotel in Bessemer, Ala. He had been beaten and strangled. The men pleaded guilty to kidnapping resulting in death in February.
They were in federal court in Jackson for sentencing Thursday.