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Steven Cozzie sentenced to death
WALTON COUNTY -- The man who raped and murdered a teenager in Walton County in 2011 is sentenced to die.
24-year-old Steven Cozzie was convicted of assaulting, strangling, and beating 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes.
Wilkes was on vacation with her family, when she went for a walk with Cozzie.
Today, the judge upheld the jury's recommendation of death for the first degree murder charge.
That sentence carries an automatic appeal.
The judge also sentenced Cozzie to two life sentences for sexual battery and kidnapping and 30 years for aggravated child abuse.