DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Panhandle man convicted of killing a teenage Georgia girl on vacation with her family has been sentenced to death.
Following a jury's unanimous recommendation, a Walton County judge handed down 23-year-old Steven Cozzie's sentence on Thursday. Cozzie was convicted in June of first-degree murder, sexual battery, aggravated child abuse and kidnapping.
Authorities say 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes was found dead in Seagrove Beach a day after she went missing in June 2011. She and her family had been visiting from Lyons, Ga.
The Northwest Florida Daily News (http://goo.gl/WDBaqI) reports that witnesses connected Cozzie to Wilkes, and he was arrested shortly after her body was found.
Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), http://www.nwfdailynews.com