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Convicted St. Pete cop killer wants sentence changed

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The man convicted of killing a St. Petersburg police officer in 2011 appeared in court Wednesday morning for a procedural hearing on a motion to change his sentence.

Nicholas Lindsey, now 18, stood trial in 2012 for a murder of SPPD officer David Crawford.  According to the court documents, Lindsey shot the officer at close range when Crawford responded to a routine suspicious person call.  A massive manhunt conducted by law enforcement officers from the entire Tampa Bay area lead to Lindsey's arrest.

He was tried as adult, and convicted of first degree murder of law enforcement officer.  He got life in prison without possibility of parole.  After that sentence was passed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentenced for juveniles are unconstitutional.  Now that he's 18, his defense team is asking to change his sentence.

On Wednesday, a judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for July 26th.  Lindsey could be re-sentenced then.

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