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Jurors Recommend Death Penalty in Murder of Lyons Teenager

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Jurors have made their decision-- Steven Cozzie should be given the death penalty for the brutal rape and murder of Courtney Wilkes, but a judge will still have to decide whether to go along with the jury's recommendation. 

Last Friday, Cozzie admitted that he had killed the 15-year old Lyons, GA girls while she was on vacation in Florida in hopes of being spared the death penalty.  Jurors still found him guilty of first degree murder and other charges.

Wilkes' parents said afterwards that they are ready to move on after two years of waiting for justice."We feel vindicated. We feel like this is the penalty he should have gotten. It doesn't change our circumstances, but we're relieved. Relieved to have it over,"  said Courtney's mother Toni Wilkes.

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