Jurors say a former handyman convicted of killing seven employees at a suburban Chicago restaurant should be sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for 37-year-old James Degorski, who was convicted last month in the 1993 murders at Brown's Chicken and Pasta restaurant in Palatine.

The restaurant's owners and five employees were shot and stabbed and their bodies stacked in a walk-in cooler and freezer.

Two years ago, Degorski's accomplice, Juan Luna, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Earlier Tuesday, defense attorney Mark Levitt asked jurors to spare Degorski's life, saying even with a life sentence he'll still be punished.

Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Tom Biesty says Degorski didn't show mercy to the victims.