Ore. jury orders death penalty for inmate murder

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A jury has determined an Oregon State Penitentiary inmate who killed another prisoner in 2008 should be sentenced to death.

The Statesman Journal reports the same jury that convicted 33-year-old Isacc Creed Agee of aggravated murder earlier this month decided Wednesday to impose the death sentence in the penalty phase of the trial in Salem.

Prosecutors asked for the death penalty because Agee is already serving a sentence for attempted murder.

Prison officials found Agee and another inmate beating 36-year-old Antonio Barrantes-Vasquez in his prison cell in February 2008.

Defense attorneys had argued for a life sentence, saying that Agee suffered mental problems because his mother drank and used drugs when she was pregnant.