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Quadriplegic Teen Gets Life for Fatal Robbery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bradenton, FL (AP) - A quadriplegic teen has been sentenced to
life in prison for killing a woman during a robbery at a Bradenton
home.
A Manatee County judge sentenced 19-year-old Ta Heem Blake
Thursday, after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder and
other charges.
Authorities say Blake and Marquis Sanders broke into the home in
February 2009. Blake reportedly shot 55-year-old Maria Lerma, who
died at the scene, and her boyfriend, who later recovered.
Lerma's son fired at Blake, severing his spinal cord. Police
found him at the scene, just feet from the murder weapon.
Blake's attorney argued that evidence had been moved around at
the scene.
Sanders was convicted of first-degree murder and armed burglary
in April. He was sentenced to life.

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


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