MONTICELLO, Fla. - A man convicted as a teenager of killing a British tourist in Florida went back before a judge Friday to be resentenced for his role in the crime.
Circuit Judge Karen Gievers wound up giving a new 40-year sentence to Aundra Akins for the attempted murder of Margaret Jagger, who was wounded in a September 1993 robbery attempt that left her fiance Gary Colley dead.
Akins could wind up getting out in 12 years based on time already served and good behaviour.
Akins was just 14 years old when he and three other juveniles took part in the early morning shooting and robbery at a highway rest stop.
The crime — which followed the deaths of other tourists in a single year — jolted Florida, which relies heavily on tourists and prompted the state to hire armed guards to provide security at highway rest stops.
Akins received a 27-year sentence for second-degree murder in a plea deal but life for attempted murder after a trial. But an appeals court — citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life without parole for non-homicide crimes — last November overturned the life sentence.
Jagger returned to Florida for the resentencing.
Tallahassee television station WCTV showed video of her testifying during the hearing saying that "my sentence will never come to an end." The television station also showed Akins telling her that he was not the "kid" that he was before and that he hoped she could forgive him some day.
Jagger told the Tallahassee Democrat (http://goo.gl/x5odcx) that she hopes Akins can stay out of trouble and have another life when he eventually gets out of prison.
She also called it "pretty difficult" and a "big coincidence" that she had returned to north Florida one day before the 20th anniversary of the murder. WCTV said that Jagger planned on Saturday to visit the rest stop and place flowers where Colley was killed.
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