Michael Dunn, the Florida man who shot and killed teenager Jordan Davis in an argument over his loud music, has been sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole.
Michael Dunn, 47, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Jordan Davis, 17, on October 1, in his second trial.
He fired 10 times into Jordan Davis’ vehicle in Jacksonville, Florida, after a dispute in a store car park.
Michael Dunn has maintained he fired in self-defense, saying he believed Jordan Davis was reaching for a gun.
Police never found a firearm and witnesses say they did not see one.
The trial was Michael Dunn’s second. Earlier in the year he was found guilty of three charges of attempted murder in connection with Jordan Davis’ friends who were also in the car, and shooting into a vehicle, but the jury deadlocked on the murder charge.
In Jacksonville on October 17, Judge Russell Healey also sentenced Michael Dunn to 30 years for each attempted murder charge and 15 years for shooting into a vehicle.
“Mr. Dunn, your life is effectively over,” Judge Russell Healey said.
“What is sad… is that this case exemplifies that our society seems to have lost its way.”
Florida prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty and Jordan Davis’ family said they did not want Michael Dunn to be executed.
Jordan Davis’ mother Lucy McBath said in a statement that her son’s death had robbed her of the opportunity to see him grow up, according to the Jacksonville Times-Union.
“For years to come, I will be forced to celebrate his birthday without his presence,” she said.
“As I quietly watch my friends’ boys grow into young men, I will forever be reminded of what might’ve been for my Jordan.”
Lucy McBath said she forgave Michael Dunn because she taught her son to forgive.
In his own brief statement, Michael Dunn said: “I truly regret what happened.”
“If I could roll back time and do things differently I would. Still, I’m mortified I took a life, whether it was justified or not.”
On the evening of November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn and his fiancée parked at a convenience store in Jacksonville, Florida, after attending his son’s wedding.
Jordan Davis and three other teenage boys, all African American, had stopped at the same place after visiting a shopping mall.
Michael Dunn, a software developer, testified at his trial that the music blasting from the boys’ sport utility vehicle, next to his, was so loud it hurt his ears, and he asked them to turn it down.
But Jordan Davis, sitting in the back, ordered his friend in the front seat to turn the music back up, Michael Dunn testified.
Michael Dunn said Jordan Davis became verbally abusive and threatened his life.
He claimed the teenagers inside the vehicle wore “menacing expressions” and told the court he saw Jordan Davis reach down for something that looked like the barrel of a shotgun.
Michael Dunn reached into his glove box, withdrew a pistol and fired at the vehicle, killing Jordan Davis.
Prosecutors said Jordan Davis failed to call police or first responders after shooting 10 times, and instead returned to his hotel, ordered pizza, walked his dog and went to sleep.
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