Friday, February 1, 2008

Florida Inmate's Death Sentence Reduced to Life

According to the Pensacola News Journal (January 31, 2008), the Florida Supreme Court has reduced the death sentence of Ryan Thomas Green, who was convicted and sentenced to death in January 2006 for the death of 59-year-old James Hallman, a retired Pensacola police sergeant:

"[The] Court overruled the trial judge's sentence because Green suffered from schizophrenia and was unable to fully appreciate the consequences of his actions, according to the opinion released Thursday.

Green now will serve life in state prison without parole for the crime. He also is serving 2 consecutive life prison terms without parole for theattempted murder and robbery with a firearm of house painter Christopher Phipps. ...

'Green testified that God motivated him to kill Hallman,' the court wrote. 'He felt God put him there, on that day, to kill Hallman because Hallmanwas the Antichrist.'

Former Circuit Judge John Kuder, who retired the day after Green'ssentencing, noted that in the years leading up to the shootings, Green was in a 'psychological, emotional and anti-social free fall into an abyss' and 'fully immersed in a drowning pool of mental illness.'"

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