CLEARWATER - A Pinellas County judge has sentenced a man to death for killing two men in a 2008 convenience store robbery.
Khadafy Mullens received the maximum punishment after pleading guilty.
Mullens sat in a Pinellas County courtroom at times smiling, and others with his gaze downward.
Behind him, some of his victims' families and his own family members on the other side of the courtroom.
Mullens waived his right to a jury trial in earlier proceedings. So the decision of a life sentence or death penalty came down to Pinellas County Judge Phillip Federico.
In August of 2008, Khadafy Mullens walked into the Central Food Mart in St. Pete with an accomplice with the intent of robbing the store.
In the course of the crime. Mullens shot and killed the store owner, and another customer as they begged and pleaded for their lives.
A second customer was wounded but survived.
Seven surveillance cameras caught the crime on tape and played a large part in the case and judge's decision.
Both Mullens' family and the victims' families declined to comment after the verdict.
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