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Life Sentence for James Brown

James Roscoe Brown, guilty of second degree murder, faced 25 years to life in prison for the death of Carlos Chaires. Brown shows little emotion as he receives a sentence of life behind bars.

Neill Wade, prosecutor, says, "I think the victim's family felt like they had a little closure today following the sentence that was imposed. It's a very difficult time for them."

It’s the closing of a chapter that began last July when Carlos Chaires was shot by Brown, his body thrown out of a moving vehicle into traffic along Adams Street, later dying at the hospital.

During the trial, members of the prosecution could not convince the jury that the shooting was intentional, forcing jurors to return with a guilty verdict of second degree murder and not first.

Brown's attorney, Frank Sheffield, felt Brown should not have gotten life, citing his client had no prior record except for a DUI.

Frank Sheffield, Defense Attorney, says, "There is a minimum mandatory of 25 years. I felt it was an appropriate disposition. Judge Hankinson didn't agree and imposed life instead."

Brown, who had no final comment for the court or for the victim's family, was sentenced under Florida's 10-20-LIFE guidelines. Sheffield says the sentence will be appealed, but he's unsure if he'll be handling the case.


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