Florida’s “loud music” killer sentenced to life in prison

Posted by on October 17, 2014
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Florida resident Michael Dunn, convicted of first-degree murder for shooting a teenager over loud music outside a local convenience store, has been sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing comes after a second trial convicted Dunn after the first ended in  a deadlock. Prosecutors claimed Dunn fired 10 times into a sport utility vehicle carrying black teenagers in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. The presiding Judge made the decision Friday evening.

Dunn made some remarks after his sentence was handed down. “I am mortified I took a life, whether it was justified or not.” Judge Russell Healey sentenced the Florida software developer to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Dunn testified in both trials that Davis was holding a shotgun or stick-like weapon, and opened fire because he feared for his life.  But officers did not recover a weapon or gun in the victim’s vehicle.

Healey sentenced Dunn to 30 years in prison for each attempted murder count. Dunn has served 692 days in prison.  The victim’s parents, Dunn’s parents as well as one of the teenagers who was involved attended the hearing.  He read a statement to the court which lasted a mere 25 seconds:

I want the Davis family to know I truly regret what happened. I’m sorry for their loss.  If I could roll back time and do things differently, I would.  I was in fear for my life and I did what I thought I had to do. Still, I am mortified I took a life, whether it was justified or not.”

The mother of Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath, gave an emotional statement at the sentencing.  She said,in part,

“I miss his big, wide, toothy smile.  For me, there will be no college graduation. There will be no daughter-in-law. For me, there will be no future generation.  I too must be willing to forgive. And so I choose to forgive you Mr. Dunn for taking my son’s life. I pray that God has mercy on your soul.”

Jordan’s father also gave a statement saying his life was shattered on November 23, 2012 and now calls that day Black Friday for a “completely different reason,” “After the longest hour of my life, the hospital confirmed that Jordan Russell Davis was deceased in the emergency room.” The Judge emphasized that this was a huge misunderstanding of Florida’s “stand your ground” law in this case.  He told Dunn that this tragedy could and should have been prevented.

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Lawrence Lease

Lawrence Lease is chief journalist and editor for eyeonamericanews.com, and college student at USF studying Mass Communications. He considers himself a political junkie, always watching the major news networks (Fox,CNN,MSNBC). Lease spent 14 years in Wasilla Alaska.

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