Jerry Buck Inman told Circuit Court Judge Edward Miller on Wednesday that he is violent and cannot be rehabilitated by spending more time in prison.
Inman pleaded guilty last year to killing Tiffany Souers in May 2006. The body of the 20-year-old Clemson University engineering student from Ladue, Mo., was found in her apartment near campus with the striped bikini top used to strangle her still wound about her neck.
The statement during Wednesday's sentencing hearing was the first time Inman addressed the court.
During his closing argument, a prosecutor told the judge that only the death penalty will do Souers justice.