Florida man gets life in prison for killing teen at party

A choose has sentenced a younger Florida man to life in prison for the stabbing dying of a 13-year-old throughout a sleepover party 5 years in the past

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A younger Florida man convicted of killing a 13-year-old pal throughout sleepover 5 years in the past apologized at his sentencing listening to and denounced a militant Islamic group that his attorneys claimed influenced his pondering. The choose sentenced him to life in prison.

Circuit Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo denied a request to have Corey Johnson spend 40 years behind bars for the killing of Jovanni Sierra, saying she would not consider rehabilitation is probably going due to his willingness to kill for radical views.

“I do know I contributed to the unfold of evil in this world,” Johnson, now 21, instructed the court docket, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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Jurors discovered Johnson responsible in November of first-degree homicide and two counts of tried homicide for the stabbing assault throughout the sufferer’s birthday sleepover at his greatest pal’s dwelling in Palm Beach Gardens.

Defense attorneys didn’t dispute that Johnson, whose online habits had drawn the eye of the FBI, had achieved “unspeakable injury.” But they stated Johnson had develop into “psychotic and delusional,” which they blamed on extreme despair, prescription medicines and watching ISIS movies.

Johnson met Sierra for the primary time at the birthday party. He had accompanied his pal, Kyle Bancroft, Dane’s older brother, in line with police. Dane Bancroft and Sierra attended center college collectively. Simon instructed police that Johnson had visited her dwelling usually, and that he and her older son had been mates since day care.

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Prosecutors stated the stabbings started after everybody had gone to sleep. Johnson hid in a closet after the assaults and police used tear fuel to finally subdue him, information present.

A neuropsychologist testified Thursday after reviewing a whole lot of paperwork and video interviews. Johnson has above-average intelligence however delayed maturity, autism and extreme psychological sickness, Dr. Michael Scott instructed the court docket.

Years earlier, when he was in center college, college students reported Johnson had stalked them on social media, partaking them in odd habits, the Post reported. His online habits drew the FBI’s consideration by the point he reached highschool. He was suspected of sending a risk to a Catholic highschool in England in 2016 that prompted practically 100 dad and mom to drag their kids out of courses.

Jennifer Johnson testified that her son had develop into more and more sad earlier than the stabbing — he dropped out of highschool and his online relationship with a woman had not too long ago ended.

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Karen Sierra-Velez stated after the sentencing that she is making an attempt to forgive and to stay sturdy for her son, who would have been 17 this yr.

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