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Updated: 04/14/2018 10:28:00AM

Lee gets 2 life sentences for murders

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SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

Attorneys confer with Circuit Judge Diana L. Moreland on Thursday at the Sarasota County Justice Center during the murder trial of John Lee. A split jury decision means Lee will get life in prison in the killings.

John Lee

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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Nine of the 12 jurors in John Allen Lee’s double-murder trial voted for him to be executed Thursday, but that wasn’t enough to evoke a death sentence.

The mostly female jury deliberated the sentence for three hours before becoming deadlocked. Since a death sentence requires a unanimous jury, the 9-3 vote left life in prison as the only option for sentencing.

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