The confessed crime — kidnapping a 9 year old girl, raping her, then burying her alive in garbage bags so she slowly smothered to death. They recommended punishment, thank God — death:
A jury decided Wednesday that a convicted sex offender should get the death penalty for the kidnapping, rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, who was buried alive in trash bags just yards from her home.
The jury, on a 10-2 vote, brushed aside pleas for mercy and a life sentence from defense lawyers based on claims that John Evander Couey, 48, is mentally retarded and suffers from chronic mental illness. Jurors deliberated for about one hour.
Now let’s hope that the judge takes this recommendation very, very seriously when final sentencing rolls around.