Jennifer Mee is led away after a jury finds her guilty of first-degree murder
CLEARWATER, Florida - After four hours of deliberations, a Pinellas County jury found Jennifer Mee guilty of murder in the first degree. A judge sentenced her to life in prison.
In closing arguments, the prosecution painted Jennifer Mee as not the mastermind of murder, but a willing participant in an attempted robbery that ended in the death of a 22-year-old victim.
"She was the bait," said prosecutor Jan Olney pointing directly at Jennifer Mee. "She was the bait that lured Shannon Griffin to a back alley that was dark where two of her cohorts waited."
But the defense argued the evidence proving Mee's involvement in Griffin's death simply wasn't there.
"What witnesses do you have? What documents show that Jennifer Mee, not someone else, but Jennifer Mee had a conscious intent for the robbery to be done," asked Mee's defense attorney John Trevena.
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The first-degree murder conviction carries only one sentence -- life in prison, without the possibility of parole. But the judge allowed jurors to consider lesser charges of manslaughter and accessory after the fact.
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