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'Hiccup girl's' boyfriend convicted of first-degree murder

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Newton, 25, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Newton, 25, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Mee, 22, was convicted of a similar charge in October. Mee, 22, was convicted of a similar charge in October.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - The boyfriend of a Florida woman who became nationally known for her long bouts of hiccups has been convicted of first-degree murder.

The Tampa Tribune reports a jury found 25-year-old Lamont Newton guilty Friday. He was sentenced to life in prison.
 
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Newtown's girlfriend Jennifer Mee became known on television nationwide for hiccups that lasted weeks at a time when she was 15.

In 2010, Mee and two others were charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Shannon Griffin. Authorities said the 22-year-old Mee lured Griffin to a home, where her roommates planned to rob him. Instead, the men robbed Griffin at gunpoint and he was shot four times in the chest when he fought back.

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Newton's brother told his sibling he'd have the family's emotional support while in prison.

Mee, who appeared on the NBC’s today show in 2007 because of her hiccup issue, was convicted of similar charges in October. She too was sentenced to life in prison for her role in Griffin’s death.

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