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MIAMI – A federal judge in Florida sentenced this Friday the Death penalty for ex-Marine Everett Glenn Millerfound guilty of premeditated first degree murders of two police officers in 2017.
A popular jury in a courthouse in Osceola County, central Florida, had recommended in 2019 the death penalty for Miller for the deaths of police officers Richard Howard and Matthew Baxter, ages 36 and 26, respectively.
The judge who pronounced the sentence he was pondering the decision for six monthsfrom the hearing held last November, after the former marine’s defense alleged that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, in English) after serving in Iraq, picked up the WESH 2 channel.
But the Prosecutor’s Office had questioned the defense’s argument and pointed out that the basic motive of double homicide was none other than “hatred of the police” what Miller felt.
During the oral trial in 2017, it was learned that agent Baxter was carrying out a routine check on three people in Kissimmee (Florida) when he appeared at the Miller location aboard a car and accused him of “bothering his people.”
The officer called his superior, Richard Howard, and an argument ensued between the two policemen and Miller, which ended up shooting them in the head and face.
The defense asked the jury for life in prison for Miller.arguing that he suffered from post-traumatic stress and that he acted out of a momentary passion and not premeditatedly when he shot the policemen with a firearm.
The Prosecutor’s Office, on the contrary, defended that it wanted to “punish” the police officers because their lives were going badly and then requested the death penalty.
The jury unanimously voted for the death penalty..
In Florida, for a judge to sentence someone to death, the jury must have ruled unanimously in favor of imposing said punishment.
Sadie Baxter, the widow of one of the Miller shooting victims and also a police officer, said after hearing the jury’s recommendation that she felt honored to belong to a community where “justice has been served,” local media reported.