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Feb 5, 2010 5:35 PM

Jesse James Hollywood may be sentenced today

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP)

A judge could soon sentence Jesse James Hollywood for orchestrating the kidnap-murder of a 15-year-old boy that inspired the 2007 movie "Alpha Dog."

Superior Court Judge Brian Hill will first hear arguments Friday in Santa Barbara on why Hollywood should be given a new trial. If Hill denies the defense motion, it's possible he could sentence Hollywood immediately thereafter.

Hollywood had faced the death penalty but jurors recommended a life sentence after finding him guilty of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say Hollywood ordered the killing of Nicholas Markowitz in August 2000 over a drug debt owed by his half-brother.

Four others also were convicted in the teen's killing, including the gunman who was sentenced to death.

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