PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Over 20 years ago, seventeen-year-old Thomas McGill was sentenced to life in prison for killing Torrey King.
McGill returned to court Friday afternoon, hoping for a lighter sentence after a 2015 Florida Supreme Court ruling determined life sentences illegal for juvenile offenders.
Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet gave his ruling.
"As to count one, first degree murder, the defendant is committed to the Department of Corrections for a period of 50 years. This sentence to run concurrent with count two. The defendant is entitled to all prison and jail credit. The defendant will not be awarded gain time for count one. He will serve the remainder of this sentence day for day," he said.
Thomas McGill was sentenced to 50 years in prison, which will include the time from his current sentence. Torrey's brother, Ty King, said the ruling is heart breaking.
"He's roughly gonna do 25 to 28 more years, and to me that stinks. It sucks bad. My family lives it everyday, we go through it. I don't care if he has a 100 year sentence, we still live it every day. Now we actually have a place on the calendar this dude is gonna get out at 67-68 years old...that's younger than my parents."
The King family does not even think a life sentence would be enough.
"I wish it was the death penalty, but I know we can't get that, so I wish today he would've at least gotten what he got back in 94 by Judge Costello when he got life without the possibility of parole, that's what I wish," Ty said.
McGill will have 30 days to repeal his sentence.
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