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Man Convicted of Killing St. Pete Officer As Juvenile Seeks Reduced Sentence

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Nicholas Lemmon Lindsey, Jr. was sixteen when he allegedly shot to death St. Petersburg PD Officer David Crawford in February 2011. He has twice been sentenced to life in prison since then, but he began a third attempt at leniency, seeking a reduction in his sentence to forty years.

Citing the sentencing guidelines now in place for juveniles and their client’s efforts at rehabilitation while incarcerated, Lindsey’s attorneys appealed to Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Thane Covert for a shorter sentence.

Lindsey, who turns 22 next month, was tried in 2012 for allegedly firing five shots that struck and mortally wounded Crawford, who, according to the prosecution, interrupted Lindsey in the midst of breaking into a vehicle. The jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, and sentenced him to the only sentence available to them at the time – life without the possibility of parole.

In the interim the United States Supreme Court found that such sentences violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, mandating that those who were previously given such sentences be resentenced after a hearing mitigating factors.

Lindsey received such a hearing in 2013. Covert, formerly a prosecutor, sentenced him again to life without parole.

The Florida legislature took up the issue in 2015, passing a law that mandated a minimum sentence of forty years in prison for a conviction of first-degree murder. It is this law that Lindsey’s attorneys are hoping to have applied in his case.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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