Jennifer Mee, known around the nation as the 'Hiccup Girl,' will be spending the rest of her life behind bars after being found guilty of murder late Friday night.
Mee, 22, broke down in tears as the verdict was read. In the back of the courtroom, the family of Shannon Griffin also wiped away tears.
Nearly three years ago, prosecutors argued, Mee lured Griffin to a home for a drug buy. Once there, Mee's friends robbed and killed him.
In a jailhouse phone call to her mother, played for jurors, Mee admitted to arranging the meeting that led to the robbery and murder of Griffin. In the end, her own words may have been the most damning evidence against her.
"There's nothing like hearing words out of the person's own mouth. So yeah, it is incriminating," offered alternate juror Heather Cundy, who told FOX 13 before the verdict that she would have voted to convict.
Mee received nationwide attention several years ago for suffering an incurable bout of hiccups, hence her nickname. She was charged under Florida's felony murder law, which allows suspects to be charged with murder if they were involved with the crime -- even if they didn't pull the trigger.
Mee's attorneys said she suffered from schizophrenia and Tourette's Syndrome, and a court psychiatrist said Mee's intelligence was "low normal." They characterized her as an innocent bystander who was framed by her friends. But it was one of her roommates who gave some salacious testimony Friday.
The defense suggested the group didn't need to rob anybody, that Mee got government assistance and had a roommate who provided extra adult services on the side.
"Yes, what I did there with the whole dominatrix and fetish thing paid extremely well," Jennifer Charron admitted.
Jurors deliberated through dinner, taking about four hours to reach a decision.
Moments after the verdict, Judge Nancy Moate Ley sentenced Mee to life in prison, without parole.
"The verdict won't bring my brother back, but we will cope better knowing she's not living her life freely," tweeted Shana Huff, Griffin's sister.
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