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Cop-Killer Teen Set for Re-Sentencing Hearing in July

Cop-Killer Teen Set for Re-Sentencing Hearing in July

LARGO, Fla. (970 WFLA/ AP)- A St. Petersburg teen who was convicted of killing a police officer will have the chance to argue that he shouldn't spend life in prison.

A re-sentencing hearing will be held for Nicholas Lindsey in July.

Lindsey was convicted in 2012 of first-degree murder for killing St. Petersburg police officer David Crawford in 2011.

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the only possible sentence allowed under Florida law for a juvenile convicted of first-degree murder. Lindsey was 16 at the time of the shooting.

After his sentencing, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, and that courts must at least consider the defendant's background and possible alternative punishments.

 

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