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By anonimouse (Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:38:44 AM EST) (all tags)
A man who murdered a tourist in Florida was caught and sentenced to 27 years for the murder of a tourist, plus a life sentence for the attempted murder of his partner. The latter was ruled unconstitutional so it has been replaced by a sentence of 40 years......


 ...to run consecutively after the 27 year sentence, so he will be about 14+27+40 = 81 years old by the time he gets out of prison.


The average US life expectancy for a man in 2013 just coincidentally happens to be about 77 years.....

On a side note, I am slightly puzzled why attempted murder attracted a longer sentence than actual murder. There's an incentive not to fail next time!
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I don't know the details by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 10:40:25 AM EST
But from what I can tell from the linked article, the 27 years was the result of a plea deal for the murder and the life sentence was added later after a trial for the attempted murder charge. It looks like the state punked him, getting him to plead guilty on one charge so that they could use the admission of guilt to nail him to the wall on a second charge.

But that's just a guess based on the very limited information in the article.


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More info in article by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #2 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 11:18:38 AM EST
 More info: committed the crime in 1993, sentenced in 1997 when presumably 18. (not sure whether he'd spent time in remand before sentencing).

Apparently actually eligable for parole in 12 years time (2025?) when he'll have been in prison for 28-30 years (and will be about 45)

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I don't think when the crime was committed matters by lm (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 12:25:24 PM EST
I believe that the way US law usually works is that it matters what age the defendant was at the time he or she allegedly committed the crimes. Age at sentencing is usually irrelevant.

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Explanation: by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 10:10:03 PM EST
This will seem weird, but bear with me. He earned his 27-year sentence under a plea deal for the second-degree murder of the man. This is only 2 years more than Florida's minimum sentence for second-degree murder, which 25 years.

HOWEVER, Florida has a separate law for mandatory minimum sentencing, which applies to the crimes committed - including the attempted second-degree murder of the woman. Florida's "10-20-Life" law elevates the severity of second-degree crimes committed, with a firearm, to first degree. In this instance, it raised his minimum sentence for *attempted* second-degree murder to 30 years to life.

Had he not used firearm that day and beat them to death with sticks, a life term would never have been on the table.

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He should have tried to claim by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 10:50:41 PM EST
...he shot them whilst Standing his Ground (/trayvon)

P.S. Thanks for the info 

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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Couldn't have by ucblockhead (4.00 / 3) #6 Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 10:56:07 PM EST
Black people don't get to use that defense.
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I dunno. by Captain Tenille (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 07:07:57 PM EST
Could beating someone to death *with a stick* count as an aggravating circumstance? Might make it capital. 

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Maybe in FL if the stick was the butt of a rifle. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 01:30:56 AM EST

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