June 7, 2001 |
Gov. Jeb Bush refused Wednesday to expedite a clemency hearing for a 14-year-old boy convicted of killing a 6-year-old playmate and sentenced to life in prison. Bush said Lionel Tate must serve at least two years before he is considered for a hearing, just like every other felon. Earlier this year, Tate was convicted as an adult of first-degree murder and received a mandatory life sentence for the 1999 slaying of 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick.
May 18, 2001 |
The recent murder convictions of Nathaniel Brazill and Lionel Tate, 14-year-old boys tried as adults, have prompted questions about how Florida handles young convicts, but prison officials said that few are housed with adult criminals. Florida has 406 convicted criminals under 18 in its adult prison system, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Debbie Buchanan said.
January 7, 2008 |
A 12-year-old boy beat a toddler to death with a baseball bat because she was crying while he was trying to watch TV, authorities said. The boy, who was not identified, was arrested Saturday on first-degree murder charges, Lauderhill police spokesman Lt. Mike Cochran said. He was arraigned in juvenile court Sunday. Cochran said the boy confessed to authorities that he was home alone Friday baby-sitting a 10-year-old and the 17-month-old girl and became angry when the toddler began to cry. At some point, an adult called 911. The girl, Shaloh Joseph, was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead of blunt-force trauma to the head.
March 4, 2001 |
A state trooper testified Friday that she never told her 14-year-old son he faced a life sentence for killing a 6-year-old while imitating pro wrestling because she didn't realize it herself. Florida Highway Patrolwoman Kathleen Grossett-Tate said the state's mandatory life sentence for first-degree murder never really dawned on her until her son, Lionel Tate, was convicted Jan. 25 of murdering Tiffany Eunick. "I didn't think it would go this far," Grossett-Tate said.
November 15, 2002 |
Two teenage boys who bludgeoned their father to death with a baseball bat pleaded guilty Thursday to reduced charges and got up to eight years in prison after a judge threw out their convictions, sparing them a much harsher sentence. In strong, clear voices, Derek King, 14, and his brother, Alex, 13, admitted to third-degree murder and arson; they burned down the house around their father's body last year.
January 30, 2001 |
Regardless of how legend would have it, music and radical politics are not always an easy mix--one ingredient often tends to eclipse the other. But Sunday's concert at the El Rey Theatre protesting police brutality was a mostly memorable night of hip-hop, pop and jazz. Hosted by the Artists Network of Refuse & Resist, the show was the first of two nights at the venue and was headlined by the festive, multilayered hip-hop of Northern California's Blackalicious.
December 6, 2005 |
The court hearing to determine Lionel Tate's future was postponed Monday after he wrote to a judge about voices in his head telling him to commit suicide. The handwritten letter prompted acting Broward County Circuit Judge Joel T. Lazarus to schedule a Dec. 19 competency hearing, at least temporarily delaying proceedings that could end with Tate receiving up to a life sentence.
May 15, 2001 |
Jurors began deliberations Monday in the first-degree murder trial of a 14-year-old boy accused of gunning down his English teacher in a fit of rage last year. Nathaniel Brazill was charged as an adult and could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if convicted. The jury also may consider lesser charges, including second-degree murder or manslaughter.
December 27, 2003 |
A Florida boy who was sentenced to life without parole for a murder he committed when he was 12 could be out of prison within weeks under a plea bargain that prosecutors offered Friday. Lionel Tate, now 16, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2001 after he, his mother and his attorney rejected a plea bargain that would have put him behind bars for three years.
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May 18, 2001
Fourteen-year-old Nathaniel Brazill wore a shirt and tie for his trial for the shooting death of his middle school teacher. His muted green dress shirt was so new it stood stiffly away from his chest, the creases from packaging visible as he rose Wednesday to face the jurors who declared him guilty of the adult crime of second-degree murder. Brazill now awaits sentencing and could serve as long as life in prison.