The man with the nickname & # 39; Murder & # 39; – who has tattooed murder on his neck – pleads guilty of murder
- Courtney Lawrence, 30, named & # 39; Murder & # 39 ;, pleaded guilty to second-degree crime murder in connection with 2016 armed home invasion in Florida
- Lawrence and several accomplices tried to break into a house in Bradenton, but the homeowner was armed and opened fire
- His collaborator Emanuel Johnson, 27, was shot dead in the exchange
- Lawrence was arrested after admitting to his uncle that he sustained several gunshot wounds during the failed robbery and was dropped off at the hospital
Courtney Lawrence, 30, named & # 39; Murder & # 39 ;, has pleaded guilty to second-degree crime of murder in connection with a 2016 armed home invasion of Florida that killed a man
A Florida man named Courtney Lawrence – who has the nickname & # 39; Murder & # 39; carries his nom de guerre around his neck – found guilty of a count of murder in the 2016 armed home invasion that killed one of his henchmen.
Lawrence, 30, and several other people broke into a house in the 700 block of 64th Avenue East in Bradenton on the night of May 4, 2016, facing a man who lived there and demanded cash.
The victim was armed and exchanged gunfire with the invaders. During the firefight that followed, the homeowner, Lawrence and his accomplice Emanuel Johnson, 27, reported gunshot wounds, Miami Herald.
When the victim's wife returned home, she found her husband and Johnson lying injured in the grounds.
Both men were rushed to a hospital where Johnson died of his injuries.
It wasn't long before the police abandoned Lawrence as a suspect in the failed home invasion after being dropped off by his uncle in a nearby hospital seeking treatment for multiple gunshot wounds.
Lawrence & # 39; s henchman Emanuel Johnson, 27 (photo), was shot and killed by the owner of the house they were trying to rob
According to researchers, Lawrence admitted to his uncle that he had been wounded in an armed robbery in which an accessory was shot dead.
On Monday, Lawrence, who already had a long criminal record, pleaded guilty of second-degree crime murder with a firearm, attempted murder with a firearm, armed burglary in a house with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal.
According to Florida law, crime killing is defined as killing another person during the commission or attempting to commit certain crimes. Everyone involved in a crime has the potential to be convicted of first-degree murder, even those who did not participate in the murder.
Murder of the first degree carries a life sentence without the possibility of conditional release or the death penalty. As part of his agreement with the prosecution, Lawrence was allowed to plead guilty for the lesser indictment of second-degree murder.
Lawrence, who & # 39; Murder & # 39; has tattooed in his neck, has a long criminal record with convictions from the past for armed robberies, major theft and burglary (depicted in old mugshots)
He was immediately sentenced to 40 years in prison. Lawrence must serve at least 10 years before he is eligible for conditional release.
Lawrence & # 39; s past criminal record dating back to his teenage years includes multiple convictions on charges of armed theft, major theft, burglary and sale or delivery of a controlled substance.
At the time of his arrest in May 2016, he was on probation and a suspect in an armed robbery in 2011 in which a 26-year-old man was left dead.
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