TAMPA - A man accused of murdering a woman and shooting two others admitted his guilt in a Tampa courtroom Thursday.
Judge Kimberly Fernandez immediately sentenced Andre Watkins to life in prison.
The rampage began on February 11, 2010 when Watkins, who was 53 at the time, hijacked a pickup truck at a convenience store and forced the driver to take him to a home on Chadbourne Drive near Plantation Boulevard.
He opened fire on a vehicle at that address. Two people inside the car ran away, but 19-year-old Alyssa Marie Aracich was not able to escape and was killed.
Watkins then made the driver of the pickup take him to a convenience store where he got into another vehicle and drove to his mother's home where he got into yet another car.
He then drove to a home on Brightside Drive where he shot and wounded Areil Love.
Watkins continued on to a BP station at Anderson Road and Linebaugh where he shot and wounded the clerk, Akbar Alwani.
He then drove to a home on Briar Grove where he shot at Bruce Jackson, who managed to escape unharmed.
Deputies eventually surrounded and captured Watkins at a Plant City gas station in the early morning hours of February 12.
Prior to the shootings, Watkins had a lengthy record, including assault on a pregnant woman and battery.
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