Boyd: Life Sentence

A Tallahassee man who held a woman hostage in her Killearn home earlier this year and repeatedly threatened to kill his now headed to prison for the rest of his life.

Richard Boyd entered a plea Friday morning as his mother sat crying quietly in the back row. Boyd was promptly judged guilty, with the state asking for the maximum sentence allowed.

"She has herself to think about, a very small child to think about and yes, he's here today taking responsibility, and he's not putting her through a trial, but what he put her through on January 3rd, 2003 was enough," says Jackie Fulford.

Richard Boyd is accused of holding a woman hostage in her own home last January, tying her to the bed, thrusting a gun in her vagina and repeatedly threatening to fire as he held the gun to her head. After three hours, the woman managed to break free when a co-worker came to check on her. Boyd would then hold the swat team at bay for hours before trying to kill himself. He survived and faced back to back life sentences the best his attorney could ask for is that they run concurrently.

"While no one is proud of him or his actions as he stands here today, at least he is taking responsibility. This is a 40 year old man who just had a daughter. They lived in a nice house, drove very nice cars and had a very good job with the state. He has never been in trouble before," says Theresa Flury.

Judge Hankinson sentenced Boyd to two life terms to run concurrently as punishment for a murder-suicide plot that unraveled that terrifying day in January. Boyd will be classified as a sexual predator under state law, but the judge said that classification may not matter because he'll never be released from prison.


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