- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The man who killed two British tourists in 2011 has once again been sentenced to life in prison.

The Herald-Tribune (https://goo.gl/p7h1rA) reports that a Sarasota County judge re-sentenced Shawn Tyson on Wednesday to two consecutive life terms.

Tyson was 16 when he fatally shot 25-year-old James Cooper and 24-year-old James Kouzaris. They had wandered into north Sarasota after a night of drinking downtown, a crime that attracted extensive media coverage in Britain.

Tyson was found guilty of first-degree murder in both deaths and sentenced to life in prison.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that juveniles cannot automatically be given life in prison without parole for homicide offenses because it’s cruel and unusual punishment.

The Florida Second District Court of Appeal overturned Tyson’s sentence in 2014 but upheld his convictions.


Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, https://www.heraldtribune.com

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