Jury recommends life in prison for Hollywood in kidnap-murder case that inspired ‘Alpha Dog’

Jury says life in prison for Jesse James Hollywood

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Jurors have recommended life in prison for Jesse James Hollywood in the kidnap-murder of a 15-year-old boy that inspired the movie “Alpha Dog.”

Jurors returned their decision Wednesday after deliberating about Hollywood’s punishment for about two days. The panel could have recommended the death penalty.

The 29-year-old former marijuana dealer was convicted last week of ordering the kidnapping and murder of Nicholas Markowitz in August 2000 over what prosecutors say was a drug debt owed by the victim’s half-brother.

Four others have been convicted in connection with the case, including gunman Ryan Hoyt, who was sentenced to death.

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