Convicted cop killer Nicholas Lindsey gets a second chance at sentencing
High court ruling forces judge to re-sentence
7:19 PM, Oct 11, 2013
10:30 PM, Oct 11, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A teenager convicted of killing a Saint Petersburg police officer will stay behind bars. Nicholas Lindsey was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the second time Friday. But new questions are being raised about the legality of that sentence.
Lindsey received his first life sentence last year.
Then the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to life in prison with out parole with out a hearing.
The ruling forced judge Thane Covert to reconsider the original punishment of life in prison with no chance of parole.
Defense Attorney Joe Episcopo says now minors convicted of first degree murder are entitled to a hearing where criminal history and odds of rehabilitation must be considered before a life without parole is imposed.
In a 27 page ruling, the judge cited aggravating circumstances including an escalating criminal history before he sentenced Lindsey a second time to life in prison with no chance of parole.
Lindsey actually grinned when the judge read his ruling. The lack of remorse not lost on David Crawford's daughter who called Lindsey an animal and said she was satisfied with the outcome.
Defense attorneys can file an appeal in the case which may ultimately be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.