Michael Dunn will not receive parole
A man in Florida has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing a teenager over loud music.
Prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty. However, ABC News reports that Judge Russell Healey commented of gun collector Michael Dunn: “Mr. Dunn, your life is effectively over. What is sad … is that this case exemplifies that our society seems to have lost its way.”
Dunn was found guilty of shooting to death 17-year-old Jordan Davis in the 2012 incident outside a petrol station in Jacksonville, Florida. Dunn and his girlfriend were reportedly driving through Jacksonville for their son’s wedding when they pulled up next to the car of teenagers. While Dunn’s girlfriend was in the shop, Dunn asked Davis and his three friends to turn down their music. After an exchange of words, Police claim Dunn then pulled out a handgun and began shooting. Davis, who was sat in the back seat was killed.
After the incident Dunn and his girlfriend drove off and spent the night in their hotel, but witnesses took down his license plate number. Dunn claimed he acted in self-defence after feeling threatened by the teenagers. He apologised to Davis’ parents at the sentencing earlier today (October 17), saying: “I want the Davis family to know that I truly regret what happened. If I could roll back time and do things differently, I would. I am mortified that I took a life whether it was a justified or not.”