Holbrook Mohr

JACKSON, Miss.: Two Louisiana inmates have been sentenced to life in prison in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted from a hotel in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree.

Darian Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth both apologized to the family of David Cupps during the sentencing hearings Thursday in federal court in Jackson.

Authorities say the inmates worked as groundskeepers at the Louisiana State Police compound in Baton Rouge, La., when they escaped March 4, 2011.

Cupps, from Sunbury, Ohio, disappeared a few days later from a hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., where he was staying while inspecting the Grand Gulf nuclear plant.

His body was found at a hotel in Bessemer, Ala. He had been beaten and strangled.

Cupps relatives described him as a loving man whose death devastated their family.