Jury recommends life in prison for cop killer

Bartow, Florida -- The same Polk County jury who found a man guilty in the shooting death of a Lakeland Police Officer now recommend he spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

When faced between a life sentence and the death penalty, the jury chose life for 21-year-old Kyle Williams.

On December 18, 2011, Officer Arnulfo Crispin stopped Williams and four other teenagers in the area of Crystal Grove. As Crispin frisked the teens, Williams shot him in the head. All four teenagers turned evidence and named Williams as the gunman.

He radioed in his location at around 10:15 p.m. When back-up arrived about seven minutes later, officers found Crispin unresponsive with a gunshot wound.

Williams turned himself in to deputies after a 10-hour manhunt and convincing by his mother.

After a trial, a jury convicted Williams of first degree murder last week.

The jury's life sentence is a recommendation; the judge in the trial will ultimately give the sentence.


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