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About 2:30 p.m. today a jury recommended sparing the life of Fred Cooper and sentencing him to life without parole.
Lee County Judge Thomas S. Reese makes the finale decision but he will likely follow the recommendation of the jury when he sentenced Cooper on March 16th.
Cooper, 30, convicted of killing Steven and Michelle Andrews, both 28, showed little reaction to the news, despite an emotional day that at times brought him to tears.
Fred Cooper guilty of the murders of Steven and Michelle Andrews in their Gateway home in December of 2006. Today the jury recommended a life sentence. He will be sentenced on March 16th.
See Orlando Sentinel.
UPDATE: On March 16th: Convicted murderer Fred Cooper will spend the rest of his life behind prison bars, a Lee Circuit judge ordered Monday.
“It is the intention of this court that you never again be able to look at the light of day except through steel bars and barbed wire,” Judge Thomas S. Reese told Cooper.
Cooper showed little emotion as the sentence was delivered. He stood before the bench, handcuffed and clad in an orange jail jumpsuit. He stared directly ahead. Four deputies surrounded him and his attorneys.
Posted: 03.05.09 Updated: 03.29.09