Florida Teen Who Murdered Two Tourists Gets Sentenced
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of two British tourists last April.
Judge Rick De Furia sentenced 17-year-old Shawn Tyson about an hour after Tyson was convicted Wednesday. Tyson was ineligible for a death sentence because he is under 18.
Tyson was convicted of shooting 25-year-old James Cooper and 24-year-old James Kouzaris. They were vacationing in Sarasota and were lost when they walked into a housing project where Tyson lived.
Witnesses testified Tyson intended to rob them but shot them instead. According to witnesses, Tyson recounted how the men pleaded for their lives.
In the end, Tyson was his own undoing.
Several prosecution witnesses said Tyson told friends about the shootings in the hours after the killings, then asked friends to hide the murder weapon and bury bullets.
A DNA expert said Tyson's skin cells were found on Cooper's jeans.
The men's families released a statement from Britain calling Tyson "evil."
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