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Two La. inmates face life after kidnapping death of man abducted in MS

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David Cupps, Source: The Click Family David Cupps, Source: The Click Family
Darian Pierce, Source: TBI Darian Pierce, Source: TBI
Ricky Wedgeworth , Source: TBI Ricky Wedgeworth , Source: TBI
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -
By HOLBROOK MOHR
Associated Press

Two Louisiana inmates face life sentences next week in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree.

Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth were serving long prison sentences when they escaped from the Louisiana State Police compound in Baton Rouge on March 4, 2011.

A few days later, David Cupps disappeared from a hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.

Authorities say the Sunbury, Ohio, man was abducted for his rental car. His strangled and beaten body was found in Bessemer, Ala.

The two inmates headed to Georgia, then to Tennessee, where they were captured March 14, 2011.

The men pleaded guilty to kidnapping resulting in death in February.

Sentencing is set for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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