July 16, 2009 at 04:01 AM EDT

Following his conviction last week of kidnapping and murder, a jury in Santa Barbara, Calif. recommended a sentence of life in prison for Jesse James Hollywood, the ringleader of a group of teenage drug users whose crimes inspired the 2006 film Alpha Dog.Emile Hirsch played a character based on Hollywood in the film, whichdramatized the kidnapping in 2000 of Ben Markowitz and the murder ofhis younger stepbrother, Nicholas. Hollywood had faced the possibility of the death penalty.

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