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Jury recommends death for D.C. sniper

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Jurors in Virginia Beach, Va., Monday recommended John Allen Muhammad be put to death for last year's Washington-area sniper slayings.

The jurors deliberated for five-and-a-half hours before returning their decision.

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They found Muhammad remained a danger to society and that his crime was wantonly vile.

The sentence will be formally imposed by Judge LeRoy F. Millet Jr. when proceedings are moved back to Prince William County either next month or in January.

Friday, the seven-woman, five-man panel asked Prince Millette after just four hours of deliberation what would happen if they could not reach unanimous agreement on whether Muhammad should be put to death or sentenced to life.

Millette told them simply to keep working, the Washington Post reported.

Muhammad was convicted of capital murder in the shooting of Dean Meyers at a Manassas gas station midway through last year's sniper siege.

His alleged accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, 18, is standing trial on capital murder charges in nearby Chesapeake, Va. He has pleaded not guilty.

The two were accused of killing 10 people and wounding three in a shooting spree that terrorized the Washington region in October 2002.

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The trials were moved on changes of venue from the Washington area.

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