Celebrity News July 09, 2009
Hollywood Convicted of Kidnap and Murder
Jesse James Hollywood, a former drug dealer and fugitive, was found guilty of kidnapping and killing 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz in 2000. The case had inspired the 2007 film "Alpha Dog," starring Emile Hirsch and Justin Timberlake.
Prosecutors say Hollywood, now 29, orchestrated the kidnapping and eventual killing of Markowitz in August 2000 because the teen's half-brother, Ben Markowitz, had owed Jesse $1,200 for drugs. Hollywood lived as a fugitive in Brazil for four years until he was apprehended by authorities in 2005.
Jesse's trial marked the fourth in the case; other defendants were convicted in connection with the crime.