Judge hands down sentence to a woman convicted of second degree murder

By Russell Jones | rjones@wmbb.com

Published 07/28 2016 07:22PM

Updated 07/28 2016 07:22PM

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Thursday in a Bay County courtroom, 42-year-old Melissa Kennedy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The charge comes after the death of her boyfriend, Clifford Lewis.
 
At Thursday’s plea hearing, Bay County Judge Michael Overstreet sentenced Kennedy to 40 years for the death of Bay County resident Clifford Lewis. Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested Kennedy in October 2015 for the murder of Lewis.
 
The investigation began when deputies say they received a call from Clifford Lewis’s daughter, worried because she had not received a welfare check from him. A deputy went to Lewis’s home and found Kennedy in a truck parked in the driveway. She had a shotgun in the passenger seat. Deputies were eventually able to talk Kennedy out of the car.
 
Incident reports say the deputies heard Kennedy say that Lewis was dead and that she shot him. They also heard her say it was self defense multiple times.
 
On Thursday, Lewis’s daughter spoke in front of the courtroom after Kennedy’s sentencing saying, “Melissa Kennedy couldn't stand the thought of my father living a stress free life. She murdered him in cold blood and left him to rot in his home of 20 years.”
 
Kennedy asked Judge Overstreet if she could be placed in a south Florida prison so she could be close to her seven children. Overstreet said that would be up to the Department of Corrections.

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