ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - An escaped Louisiana inmate convicted of killing a college grad student in northeast Florida has been sentenced to death.
Following a jury's recommendation, a St. Johns County judge sentenced 43-year-old Kentrell Feronti Johnson on Tuesday. He was previously convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping.
Authorities say 29-year-old Vincent Binder, who was studying at Florida State University, was found dead in an open field near Interstate 95 in April 2010 several weeks after he went missing. CBS affiliate WTEV reports the victim had been beaten and stabbed.
Deputy marshals caught up with Johnson and two other Louisiana prison escapees in Miami and linked them to Binder. The St. Augustine Record reports the men were arrested on April 12, 2010, after they tried to make a withdrawal from the victim's bank account.
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.