Salem jury deliberating death penalty case



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A jury in Salem is deciding whether an Oregon State Penitentiary inmate convicted of killing another prisoner should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

The Statesman Journal reports lawyers made their closing arguments Tuesday in the penalty phase of the trial for Isacc Creed Agee. He was convicted May 10 of aggravated murder in the 2008 killing of a 36-year-old prisoner, Antonio Barrantes-Vasquez.

Deputy District Attorney Matt Kemmy asked for the death penalty because Agee already is serving a 54-year sentence for attempted murder.

Defense lawyer Thomas Bostwick asked the jury to give Agee a life sentence because of his mental illness. Bostwick says Agee thinks at the level of a 12-year-old because his mother drank and used drugs when she was pregnant.