The teenager sentenced to mandatory life in prison for murdering St. Petersburg Police Officer David Crawford could be free again one day.
Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Lindsey was back in Pinellas County Court asking a judge to reduce his sentence.
Last year in Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled life sentences without the chance of parole unconstitutional for juveniles, without first considering factors, such as the defendant's upbringing and background.
At Lindsey's re-sentencing hearing Monday, his defense called the teen's great uncle Joe Lindsey to the stand. He painted a picture of a life of violence and crime at home for his nephew.
"How can you characterize that specific neighborhood or that specific apt complex?" asked Lindsey's defense attorney.
"Everybody knows it's high in crime," answered Joe Lindsey. "It's not that great to live in, especially for teenagers."
But Police Chief Chuck Harmon told the judge Nicholas Lindsey knew what he was doing and that he has even been remorseful or honest. Harmon pointed out that the gun Lindsey used to kill Crawford still hasn't been found.
"The only thing that seems logical to me, after 31 years in the business, is life without the possibility of parole," Harmon said. "I don't know how much more of an egregious crime you can commit."
Office Crawford's partner Thad "Stu" Crisco also made a statement in court. He was the third officer on the scene after Lindsey shot Crawford five times. Crisco administered CPR. Now, he wears a commemorative dog tag around his neck to honor his friend.
"I believe that you shoot and murder a police officer, you deserve to spend the rest of your life in prison," said Crisco, who retired after the department lost three police officers in the line of duty in 2012. "He can rehabilitate himself in jail, but that's where he needs to stay."
Officer Crawford's daughter Amanda Crawford delivered a short, but powerful statement to the judge.
"This wound is no more closed than it was February 21st, 2012. I just want peace of mind to know that I will never have to walk on the streets and come across my father's killer as a free man on the same sidewalk," she said.
The judge will announce his decision on Lindsey's sentence October 11th. Juveniles can't be sentenced to the death penalty.
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