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No reduction in sentence for teenaged cop-killer

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The teen who fatally shot St. Petersburg Officer David Crawford will still spend the rest of his life in prison.  A judge resentenced Nicholas Lindsey this morning.

Lindsey was 16 when he shot Officer Crawford near Tropicana Field back in February 2011.  He was originally convicted and automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole, but a subsequent Supreme Court ruling required that the automatic sentence be revisited.

Last year in Miller v. Alabama, the high court ruled life sentences without the chance of parole unconstitutional for juveniles, without first considering factors such as the defendant's upbringing and background.

Judge Thane Covert has been considering those factors since a September hearing, but ultimately decided to uphold the original sentence.

"The court concludes that the deliberate, senseless, and callous nature of this murder, along with the defendant's extreme behavior, overwhelmingly outweigh any extenuating effects of youthful characteristics seen in the defendant," the judge said Friday.  "Life without the possibility of parole is the only proper sentence that can be imposed."

Lindsey, now 17, laughed and shook his head in reaction to the news. Officer Crawford's widow smiled when the sentence was announced, while Lindsey's mother wiped away a tear.  His family had no comment outside court.

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