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Last Angola 5 defendant sentenced to life

3 years 3 months 1 week ago October 15, 2013 Oct 15, 2013 Tuesday, October 15 2013 October 15, 2013 6:51 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

ST. FRANCISVILLE - Barry S. Edge will serve life in prison for the murder of an Angola prison guard almost 14 years ago after a jury deadlocked on whether to sentence him to death.

The 53-year-old was found guilty Saturday of first-degree murder in the death of Capt. David C. Knapps during a botched escape attempt at Angola in 1999.

The jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision Monday on whether to recommend the death penalty, which is required by law. Their vote for the death penalty was 9-3.

Edge is the last of five inmates, known as the Angola 5, to stand trial in the death of Knapps during the failed escape attempt.

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