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Oct 15, 2013 9:05 AM by AP

Last Angola 5 defendant sentenced to life

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - Barry S. Edge will serve life in prison for the murder of a Louisiana State Penitentiary prison guard almost 14 years ago after a jury deadlocked on whether to sentence the Angola inmate to death.

The 53-year-old Edge was found guilty Saturday of first-degree murder in the death of Capt. David C. Knapps during a botched escape attempt at Angola on Dec. 28, 1999.

After deliberating for nearly four hours on Monday, The Advocate reports the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision 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 Angola prison's Camp D.

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