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Jury Recommends Life In Prison For Man Convicted of Murdering Co-Worker

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A jury has recommended a man convicted
of kidnapping and murdering a co-worker in a plot to cover up his
own theft from his employer spend life in prison without parole.

A Jefferson County jury took about one hour to unanimously
recommend the sentence for 43-year-old Michael Keith Winchester.
Circuit Judge Teresa Pulliam will officially sentence Winchester on
April 2 to either death by lethal injection or the lesser sentence
the jury favored.

Prosecutors contended Winchester kidnapped Gerald Freund in
Birmingham in a plot to kill him and frame him for the $48,000 the
defendant had stolen from a BP station in Hoover, where both men
worked.

Freund disappeared on Nov. 3, 2005. His body was found two weeks
later, with a gunshot wound to his head, on hunting land in Cullman
County that Winchester owned.

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Information from: The Birmingham News,
http://www.al.com/birminghamnews

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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