Friday 18 April 2014

Briton's killer given new sentence

Aundra Akins was just 14 when he gunned down holidaymaker Gary Colley in 1993

A man who murdered a Briton in a botched robbery 20 years ago in Florida has been jailed for 40 years.

Aundra Akins, who was just 14 when he gunned down holidaymaker Gary Colley in 1993, was given 27 years in 1997 - the maximum he could receive as a juvenile.

He later also received a life sentence for the attempted murder of Mr Colley's then girlfriend Margaret Jagger - but this was later overturned. And on Friday, he was given a 40 year sentence for that crime.

Ms Jagger travelled to Monticello, Florida, for the hearing. Speaking before the case, she told local news outlet WCTV: "I didn't think I would have to come back again. Both he and I have served time in different ways."

Ms Jagger, who was also shot in the incident on a highway 25 miles from Tallahassee, said Akins needs to show he can stay out of trouble, WCTV reported.

Akins told the judge in Friday's hearing that at the time he did not comprehend the magnitude of what happened, but said he does now, the news outlet said.

Akins' mother was reported to have appeared at the hearing, and in asking the judge to release her son, she said: "I understand what he did was wrong. I know he won't be no trouble to nobody." His brother, cousin and uncle also reportedly testified.

Mr Colley, 34, of Wilsden, West Yorkshire and Mrs Jagger, of Bradford, were reportedly threatened on their way to Tampa by a gang of youths.

The lorry driver became was the ninth foreign tourist to be killed in the state since the previous autumn, the BBC reported at the time.

The number of incidents that year prompted the Foreign Office to issue a warning to Britons thinking of travelling to the state - guidance which has since been lifted.

Press Association

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