From the Tampa Bay times, a co-defendant in a deadly store robbery was given three life sentences for his part in a tragedy...
As part of a plea deal, 33-year-old Spencer Peeples was given three life sentences for his role in the 2008 killings in the Central Food Mart on 2157 Central Avenue. In exchange for a guilty plea on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, the prosecutors agreed to waive the death penalty. The sentence means that Spencer will die in prison with no chance of parole or early release.
The 2008 murders, captured on the store's surveillance system shocked the city. Spencer was robbing the store with another man. The man had a gun and killed both the store owner and a customer. Another customer was shot but survived and testified against the shooter. The man has already been found guilty and sentenced to death.
While Spencer was not the gunman, he was still charged with murder under Florida's felony murder law. This is because he participated in the robbery when people were killed.