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Jury decides on sentence in Cleveland killings
Jury reaches sentencing recommendation for Cleveland man who stashed 11 bodies in home, yard
By The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) ' A jury has reached a sentencing recommendation for a convicted serial killer who hid the remains of 11 women in his Cleveland home and yard.

A court administrator says the jury has agreed on its recommendation for the sentencing of 51-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl), who was convicted July 22 of aggravated murder in the women's deaths. Sowell faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The recommendation is to be announced at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Prosecutors say Sowell lured poor, drug-addicted women into his home with alcohol or drugs.

The defense didn't call witnesses during the trial but used the sentencing phase to try to humanize Sowell. Defense witnesses discussed Sowell's chaotic childhood, which was filled with exposure to abuse and neglect.

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