Today a jury in Alexandria, LA sentenced 57 year old Thomas Sanders of Las Vegas, Nevada to death for the kidnapping and murder of 12 year Lexis Roberts of Alexandria. Roberts was killed in fall of 2010.

A total of 18 witnesses were called by the prosecution and the defense with the jury deliberating for approximately seven hours in the penalty phase. This marks the first time that the death penalty has been imposed in the federal court in the Western District of Louisiana.