Man Gets Life for Dismembering Girlfriend

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

St. Augustine, FL (AP) - A north Florida man has avoided the
death penalty by pleading guilty to dismembering and decapitating
his girlfriend.

A St. Johns County judge sentenced 51-year-old Timothy Dale Rose
to life in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to first-degree
murder.

Jan Dunn Keller, who taught third grade at a Palatka elementary
school, was found dead in August, several days after she was
reported missing. When deputies went to the St. Augustine home the
48-year-old woman shared with Rose, they found him unconscious with
an empty pill bottle and shotgun nearby.

Deputies found parts of Keller's body wrapped in a tarp in the
garage. They later found other parts of her buried in a nearby
undeveloped area.

Rose apologized to Keller's family members Thursday, saying that
he didn't remember anything about the killing.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    as far as i know in fl, life means life. i live here and know ppl so yea i kinda know how strict they are on crime. they don't play, trust me. plus, how much better are you to want kill somebody who already killed?
  • by MadWoman on Nov 4, 2010 at 10:26 PM
    Nope, anonymous, life means 5 years.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 at 08:13 PM
    naw in florida life means life
  • by MadWoman on Nov 4, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    This whole trial was total BS. That man needed to get the death penalty. That woman was a good hearted woman who taught 3rd graders and had for years. So now if you say "guilty" you get out of the death penalty -- give me a break. That isn't how it's supposed to work. There were gross circumstances attached to this case - he CUT HER TO PIECES, CUT OFF HER HEAD. He will do it again. And you know what a "life sentence" means any more -- 5 years.
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