No Breaks For Teenaged St. Pete Cop Killer


Convicted St. Petersburg cop killer Nicholas Lindsey did not get the sympathy of the 2nd District Court of Appeals.

Justices threw out an argument by Lindsey’s lawyers that life in prison without the possibility of parole was an unconstitutional sentence for someone who was just 16 years old when he committed the murder.

Lindsey shot and killed St. Petersburg Police officer David Crawford when Crawford tried to question Lindsey about a nearby crime downtown.

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Lindsey’s lawyers argued that a U.S. Supreme Court decision that life with parole was an unconstitutional sentence for a minor.

But the appeals court accepted the sentencing judge’s reasoning for the harsh sentence.

That judge said Lindsey’s actions were more important that his age in determining a sentence.