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Jury recommends death for escaped Louisiana inmate who killed FSU graduate student

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida — Northeast Florida jurors have recommended death for an escaped Louisiana inmate convicted of killing a Florida State graduate student.

A St. Johns County jury made the recommendation Thursday for Kentrell Johnson, who was previously convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping. A judge will make the final decision.

Authorities say 29-year-old Vincent Binder was found death in an open field near Interstate 95 in April 2010 several weeks after he went missing. Deputy marshals caught up with Johnson and two other Louisiana prison escapees in Miami and linked them to Binder.

One of Johnson's co-defendants, Quentin Truehill, was previously convicted and sentenced to death earlier. Co-defendant Peter Hughes pleaded as charged to first-degree murder and kidnapping and received a life sentence.

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