Jennifer Mee's hiccups have faded, and now the 22-year-old Florida girl is getting a different type of attention: From a Florida court that just sentenced the former “Hiccup Girl” to life in prison for murder in the first degree, reports Bay News 9 on Sept. 21.
Mee’s two-month long bout of hiccupping drew national attention back in 2007, when she made multiple appearances on NBC’s Today show, talking about her incessant hiccupping and various cure options.
On Friday, Pinellas County Judge Nancy Moate Ley sentenced her to life in jail without parole. Mee wept openly in court, sobbing as she was led away.
Court documents show that in 2010, Mee met victim Shannon Griffith, a Wal-Mart employee, on Facebook, started an online relationship with him, and eventually lured him to a vacant home in Florida under the guise of a marijuana purchase. Waiting at the home to rob Griffith were two men that Mee lived with – Laron Raiford and Lamont Newton. The two men shot Griffith multiple times.
Mee, Raiford and Newton were all arrested, and although Mee did not pull the trigger, her involvement in the crime was paramount to the murder, said prosecutors. Raiford has already been sentenced to life in prison; Newton has yet to stand trial.
“We're here today and this week because Jennifer Mee set everything up. More correctly, she set up Shannon Griffin for a robbery,” Prosecutor Chris Labruzzo told the jury Friday.