Fort Myers, Florida (News-Press/AP) -- A southwest Florida man who claimed he shot a meat salesman in self-defense has been sentenced to life in prison.
A Lee County judge sentenced 53-year-old Kenneth Roop on Monday. He was convicted in August of second-degree murder.
Roop shot 30-year-old Nicholas Rainey once in the
chest and again in the back of the head after Rainey came to Roop's door
to sell him meat. Roop's attorney, Marquin Rinard, testified during
Roop's August trial Roop thought the salesman was there to hurt him. He
fired in self defense, Rinard said.
But the jury decided otherwise. On Monday Judge Frank Porter spoke out for the first time on Roop's actions.
waited and I waited to hear even the slightest, the most minimal
justification for what happened on July 25, 2012," he said. "I heard
none. I heard absolutely zero justification for your actions, Mr. Roop.
What occurred to Mr. Rainey was senseless. Senseless killing. That young
man should be walking the streets, and should be alive today."
ruled Roop must also pay a $5,000 fine, court costs and restitution. He
must submit a DNA sample and surrender the firearms used in the
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Louise Pirigyi, Rainey's mother, appeared to be
praying as she awaited Roop's sentence. Her head fell back against the
court bench, her eyes were closed and her hands were clasped beneath her
When Porter gave the sentence, Pirigyi exclaimed, "Yes!" Then sobbing, she collapsed forward against the bench in front of her.
the courtroom, Pirigyi said the defendant, who she had previously
accused of smiling at her during the trial, showed no remorse.
now he's going to pay for what he did to my son," she said. "Now I can
finally move on...and I hope his family suffers like mine has been for the
last year and a half."
Pirigyi addressed the court during
today's sentencing, reading from a pink piece of paper. She talked about
how Rainey used to call her every morning and night to say he loved
"You ripped out my heart," Pirigyi said, looking directly at Roop. "You ripped out my soul."
Roop closed his eyes as she addressed him.
State Attorney Andreas Gardiner read letters from Rainey's father,
grandmother and sister. Losing Rainey devastated them, the family
"All your life you couldn't wait to shoot someone," Gardiner said, reading the words of Stephen Rainey, the victim's father.
of Roop's friends and family members also addressed the court,
describing Roop as a religious family man with strong moral convictions.
Roop was a science teacher, diver and gardening enthusiast, they said.
never once thought of him as a threat to society," friend Charles
Coleman said. "I still don't...He's just a friend that I'm going to miss
Roop's wife, Wanda Roop, held back tears as she
addressed the court. She described her husband as kind and generous. He
always pushed her to be a better person, Wanda Roop said.
you meet Ken you know that he's a warm and loving person," she said.
"He's full of fun and spirit...He is an industrious family man who I love
Before he administered Roop's sentence, Porter said it's apparent Roop's friends and family hold him in high regard.
"You let them down on July 25, 2012 as well," he said.
Roop's family declined comment today as they left the courtroom and headed for the elevator.