State to ask for life in prison for Jimmy Rodgers

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Published on October 24, 2019 - Duration: 01:55s

State to ask for life in prison for Jimmy Rodgers

A jury found him guilty in the murder of Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers.

But it wasn't the verdict the state necessarily wanted.

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State to ask for life in prison for Jimmy Rodgers

Chances go up to 50% startingFriday and lasting into earlynext weeTHIS MORNING--- JIMMY RODGERSSITS BEHIND BARS WHILE HE WAITSTO BE SENTENCED.A JURY FOUND HIM GUILTY IN THEMURDER OF DOCTOR TERESA SIEVERS.BUT IT WASN’T THE VERDICT THSTATE NECESSARILY WANTED.THE STATE ARGUED RODGERS HELPEDKILL DOCTOR TERESA SIEVERS INHER BONITA SPRINGS HOME BACK IN20-15.THEY SAID IT WAS PART OF ACONSPIRACY TO GET HER LIFEINSURANCE MONEY.THEY SAID RODGERS WAS THE HIREDMUSCLE FOR THE JOB.... ANDCLAIMED DOCTOR SIEVERS’ HUSBAND,MARK, SET IT ALL UP.THEY ALSO CLAIMED HE GOT HISFRIEND, CURTIS WRIGHT, TO WORKOUT THE DETAILS.BUT THE JURY’S VERDICT DIDN’TREFLECT THAT THEORY.AT FIRST-- RODGERS WAS FACING AFIRST-DEGREE MURDER CHARGE...ALONG WITH CHARGES OF CONSPIRACYTO COMMIT MURDER... ANDBURGLARY.IF CONVICTED OF THOSE, RODGERSWOULD HAVE FACED THE DEAPENALTY.BUT A JURY ONLY CAME BACK WITH A**SECOND-DEGREE CONVICTION.HE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY ON THEOTHER CHARGES.HERE’S WHAT THE STATE HAD TO SAYABOUT THE CONVICTION.[Notes:17-35]This is apossibility of a life sentenceand that’s what we will beasking for.are you happy with today’sdecision?We always respect the verdict ofa jury.

This jury worked veryhard, spent a lot of time andpaid very close attention to allthe evidence.

We are going torespect that verdict.PAM SEAY..

OUR LEGAL EXPERTSAYS... THIS VERDICT WAS A BITOF A COMPROMISE-- THE STATEDIDN’T GET THEIR CHANCE TO PUSHFOR THE DEATH PENALTY... WHILETHE DEFENSE DIDN’T GET RODGERSOFF COMPLETELY.SHE FEELS SOMETHING SIMILAR WILLHAPPEN AT SENTENCING.[Notes:217-234]When you look atwhat Curtis Wayne Wrightreceived, was 25 to life, whywould you all of the suddenall the way to a life sentencefor a man who apparently didn’thave a weapon, apparently dinot actually participate, butmerely helped with someone elsewho committed that crime.RODGERS IS IN CUSTODY UNTIL

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