Escaped inmates sentenced to life in prison for killing businessman

Darian Pierce
Darian Pierce

JACKSON, MS (WAFB) - A pair of Louisiana inmates convicted of kidnapping and killing a man will spend the rest of their lives in prison.

A federal judge in Mississippi handed down the sentences to Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth Thursday. The pair escaped from Louisiana State Police Headquarters in 2011.

While on the run, they kidnapped and strangled an Ohio businessman. The pair was eventually caught in Memphis.

The body of David Michael Cupps of Sunbury, OH was found in Bessemer, AL.

Investigators said Wedgeworth and Pierce carjacked and killed him in Vicksburg, MS.

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