An Alabama marijuana dealer convicted of having a police informant killed was sentenced to die, making him the first person to receive the death penalty under a 1988 federal law allowing capital punishment for drug-related murders.

David Chandler showed no reaction Wednesday when the jury that convicted him the day before recommended the death sentence. Chandler's family was more vocal."It's not over," said Debra Chandler, his wife. "The Lord reigns."

"I cannot believe it," said Chandler's father, John Chandler. "I cannot believe they'd do this and call it justice."

U.S. Attorney Frank Donaldson defended the sentence as a deterrent to violence by drug dealers.

"We hope it says to drug dealers across this country when you kill somebody in the course of a drug transaction they can expect to be put to death," Donaldson said.