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BAMAPHIN 22
12-18-2006, 04:36 PM
A Georgia man gave the middle finger to a judge who sentenced him to life in prison plus 40 years for the shooting death of a Savannah debutante during a botched robbery.

Michael Thorpe, 26, gestured and shouted "F--- democracy!" as deputies led him Saturday from the courtroom where Chatham County Superior Court Judge Penny Haas Freeseman sentenced him for shooting Jennifer Ross on Christmas Eve 2005.

Ross, a 19-year-old Mercer University student who had attended her debutante ball earlier that evening, died on the operating table one week later from a sudden ruptured artery.

Thorpe's co-defendant, Kevin Huckabee, 21, also shouted and cursed after Freeseman sentenced him to life in prison plus 30 years as a party to the crime for driving the getaway car.

Co-defendant Webster Wilson, 25, simply glanced at his mother after he was also sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years as a party to the crime.

The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for 17 hours over three days.
They convicted the defendants of felony murder, but acquitted them of the top charge of malice murder, which requires a finding that the defendants planned and committed the crime with "an abandoned or malignant heart," according to Georgia law.

They were also convicted of aggravated assault with the intent to rob for pistol-whipping Ross's friend, Brett Finley, and convicted of theft for using a stolen Ford Taurus to drive to and from the crime scene.

The defendants' outbursts contrasted with the somber tone set by Jennifer Ross's mother, Coren Ross, who read a prepared statement expressing the impact of her daughter's death.

"We are broken, both individually and collectively," said Ross, as her husband fought back tears in the audience. "Rusty will not walk Jennifer down the aisle at her wedding ... I will not caress her pregnant tummy."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/12/18/debutante.murder/index.html

PrepDogg
12-18-2006, 04:40 PM
I'm sure he'll be doing alot more shouting and screaming in the joint if you catch my drift.:lol:

Skeet84
12-18-2006, 04:51 PM
Well it sucks to be them

CharlestonPhan
12-18-2006, 04:51 PM
I'm sure he'll be doing alot more shouting and screaming in the joint if you catch my drift.:lol:

i hope you are right, and the way they carried on after the sentencing pretty much proves they are terrifed of going to jail.

BigDogsHunt
12-18-2006, 04:51 PM
I sure hope his prison nickname is "Democracy".....if you know what I mean!

PrepDogg
12-18-2006, 05:04 PM
I sure hope his prison nickname is "Democracy".....if you know what I mean!

:sidelol:

Stitches
12-18-2006, 05:16 PM
No forensic evidence linked the defendants to the crime.

I might be mad too, if I didn't do it.

Not saying he did or didn't, but I'm certain they plead not guilty. And it sounds like there was only circumstancial evidence, as well as testimonials, which may or may not have been true.

DrAstroZoom
12-18-2006, 05:16 PM
I sure hope his prison nickname is "Democracy".....if you know what I mean!

If by that you mean everyone will have the chance to pull the lever and show how they feel, I know what you mean.

On another note, "A Malignant Heart" is a great title for ... something. I don't know what, yet.

BigDogsHunt
12-18-2006, 05:48 PM
If by that you mean everyone will have the chance to pull the lever and show how they feel, I know what you mean.

Well that, and he can shout "F--- Democracy" to his little hearts content!

Mike13
12-18-2006, 06:52 PM
I sure hope his prison nickname is "Democracy".....if you know what I mean!

:sidelol:

Rocky Raccoon
12-18-2006, 07:59 PM
life in prison PLUS 40 years? Is that possible?

cnc66
12-18-2006, 08:05 PM
life in prison PLUS 40 years? Is that possible?

I think it adds to the served time before eligible for parole

Rocky Raccoon
12-18-2006, 08:08 PM
I think it adds to the served time before eligible for parole

oh. I really don't understand this stuff :lol:

cnc66
12-18-2006, 08:11 PM
oh. I really don't understand this stuff :lol:

I'm sure I don't either so take it as it is... a guess

tucker
12-18-2006, 08:27 PM
No forensic evidence linked the defendants to the crime. The prosecution's case also hinged on the testimony of Thorpe's uncle, who testified that he was in on the defendants' plot to find an "easy target," but fled at the last moment.you know you have a bad lawyer when you are convicted on 'he said she said arguments'..i'd prolly tell them to **** themselves too

bullseyeguy
12-19-2006, 03:53 PM
Circumstantial evidence can be just as good as forensic evidence, especially if there is alot....