Louisiana Inmates Who Killed Sunbury Man Plead Guilty

Darian "Drake" Pierce (left) and Ricky Wedgeworth pleaded guilty to kidnapping which resulted in the March 2011 death of David Cupps, of Sunbury. The men face life in prison.(Photo: Louisiana State Police)
Darian "Drake" Pierce (left) and Ricky Wedgeworth pleaded guilty to kidnapping which resulted in the March 2011 death of David Cupps, of Sunbury. The men face life in prison.(Photo: Louisiana State Police)

The Louisiana inmates who killed a Sunbury man two years ago pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges Monday in a Mississippi court.

Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Mississippi to one count each of kidnapping resulting in death.

Following an escape from a work detail in Louisiana in March 2011, Pierce and Wedgeworth traveled to Vicksburg, Mississippi where they assaulted and kidnapped David Cupps from a hotel for his rental car. Cupps, from Sunbury, was there on a business trip.

Cupps was killed. His body was found a few days later in Alabama.

Federal public defender George Lucas, who represents Wedgeworth, said the escaped inmates did not intend to kill anyone.

“Clearly they set out to commit a crime,” Lucas said. “But it’s very unfortunate Mr. Cupps lost his life and that his family lost Mr. Cupps.”

Pierce and Wedgeworth each face life in prison. Their sentencing is set for May 30.

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