Sigfredo Garcia will spend the remainder of his life in prison for the 2014 murder of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel.
A Tallahassee jury deliberated for 40 minutes before recommending a life sentence over the death penalty—the only other option available after they found him guilty of first-degree murder Oct. 11. Judge James Hankinson of the Second Circuit Court of Florida followed the jury’s recommendation and officially handed down a life sentence for the first-degree murder conviction, as well as a 30-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder, to be served consecutively with the life sentence. Garcia will not be eligible for parole.
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