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Jury recommends death for prison guard's killer

A jury recommended that a prison inmate be executed for murdering a female guard and another inmate during an escape attempt.

The jury issued the 8-4 recommendation Monday for Dwight T. Eaglin, 30. He was convicted Friday of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Charlotte Correctional Institution guard Darla Lathrem and inmate Charles Fuston.

State investigators said Eaglin, already serving time for a 1998 slaying, was one of three prisoners who attacked Lathrem, beat her to death and stuffed her body into a locked mop closet on June 11, 2003. Fuston, who tried to intervene, was also attacked. He died several days later from injuries.

Inmates Michael Jones and Stephen Smith, also each charged with first-degree murder, are awaiting trial.

Eaglin's sentencing is scheduled for March 31.

Teacher gets five years

for having sex with boy

WEST PALM BEACH - A former Boynton Beach elementary school music teacher charged with having a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old student has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Prosecutors reduced the charges to lewd and lascivious acts in exchange for a guilty plea from Carol Lynn Flannigan, 51. Flannigan thus avoided a possible life sentence on the original charges of capital sexual battery for her alleged 19-month relationship with the boy.

The boy has testified that sexual encounters occurred in Flannigan's classroom, in her van and in an Orlando hotel room.

Sheriff's office tightens

policy on jail razors

OCALA - An investigation has found that Marion County jail staff weren't keeping track of disposable razors, enabling an inmate facing double murder charges to get a blade and attempt suicide twice, authorities said Tuesday.

In February, Leo Boatman, 19, sliced his forearm and was taken to Monroe Regional Medical Center. A short time later he was taken back to the hospital after he told guards he had swallowed a razor. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Sheriff's Capt. James Pogue said the jail wasn't recording which inmates returned razors handed out for shaving.

Boatman, from Largo, is charged with murder in the January slayings of Amber Peck and John Parker, both 26, who were Santa Fe Community College students camping in Ocala National Forest.

- WIRE REPORTS

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