Pinellas judge re-sentences cop killer to life in prison

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA )- A convicted cop killer learned Friday that a judge would not reduce his sentence.

Nicholas Lindsey was once again sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of St. Petersburg Officer David Crawford in 2011.

“I’m relieved he got life for the third time. He deserves it. I wish they would stop doing this,” said Crawford’s daughter, Amanda.

Lindsey was sentenced in 2012 and resentenced in 2013, after his attorney’s appealed because of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sentencing juveniles to life in prison was unconstitutional.

Lindsey’s attorney’s appealed again, since the law gave an option of 40 years minimum, for juveniles who are convicted of first degree murder.

Crawford’s daughter read a letter to the judge during Lindsey’s hearing last week.

“I still ask for the mercy of a life sentence to serve,” she said. “It’s pulling off a band aid and opening wounds. But I’ll always be here to make a statement against him.”

Officer Crawford’s best friend and former partner, Stu Crisco, believes Lindsey has not changed.

“It is hard when you think about sending a 16-year-old to prison for the rest of his life. But, this 16-year-old kid was a sophisticated criminal and he didn’t just shoot a person and commit a random act of violence, he killed a police officer, and he shot him not once, but five times,” said Crisco.

Previously, Judge Thane Covert sentenced Lindsey to life without the possibility of parole. Friday, Judge Covert ruled that Lindsey could have a sentence review hearing after 25 years.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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