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Brown Gets Two Life Terms for Ryan Keith Skipper Murder

William Brown Jr. was sentenced yesterday for the 2007 murder of Ryan Keith Skipper after being convicted last month:

Brown "Brown, 23, was given two life sentences Tuesday for his part in the robbery and stabbing death of Ryan Skipper, who attended Lakeland's Traviss Career Center. His co-defendant, Joseph 'Smiley' Beardon, 24, already is serving a life sentence after he was found guilty of second-degree murder and other charges in February. Prosecutors labeled the case a hate crime, saying the two men considered Skipper an easy target robbery because of his sexuality. The state initially sought the death penalty against Brown, but when that threatened to delay the trial, Skipper's family agreed to let prosecutors move ahead without the death penalty. Pat Mulder, Skipper's mother, said Tuesday that she was relieved to see the case end, though she's uncertain whether Brown understands what he has done. 'He stole my heart when he killed my son,' she said after the hearing."

In March 2007, Skipper's body was found by the side of a rural road in central Florida with more than 20 stab wounds. His car and laptop had been stolen. The car was abandoned and recovered by authorites, who reported that the assailants had attempted to set it on fire but did not succeed. They had also cut out a seat belt because it was so bloody they couldn't clean it. Bearden, then 21, and William David Brown Jr., then 20, were later arrested and indicted for the killing. A witness brought in by authorities at the time told police that Brown had killed Skipper because he was gay.

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  1. Uh, I think we need to talk about the elephant in the room that no one dares to touch...

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 2, 2009 12:17:37 PM

  2. Well you're not touching the elephant either since I have no idea what you're talking about. If you have something to say, say it, geez.

    Posted by: clint | Dec 2, 2009 12:31:55 PM

  3. Lol, what elephant?

    And goodluck rotting in the jail for the rest of your life, dirtbag! I hope you enjoy big black dick.

    Posted by: J. Bocca | Dec 2, 2009 12:42:50 PM

  4. While I in no way suggest that he be treated any differently and must be held responsible, the fact remains that murderers are made not born. My question is who made this boy so hate-full?

    Posted by: mIKEM | Dec 2, 2009 12:57:15 PM

  5. I agree with you, MikeM.

    It's interesting, I looked at the mug shot without reading the article and thought "This guy could be a serial killer".

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 2, 2009 1:13:06 PM

  6. This guy is only 23 yrs old and will spend 40-60 yrs (assuming he doesn't die early) in prison. Why would someone throw their life away like that?? Just doesn't make sense. They couldn't have just robbed the guy and left it at that?

    R.I.P to Ryan.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Dec 2, 2009 1:55:10 PM

  7. That fucker has evil in his eyes. Bend over boy you're gonna be a jail house fuck hole!

    Posted by: Tralfaz | Dec 2, 2009 2:14:48 PM

  8. No death penalty, huh. Disgraceful.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 2, 2009 4:03:39 PM

  9. J Bocca,

    Big Black dick, Okay you bigoted fag. I'm sure there's alot of big white cock in jail also!

    Posted by: NADA | Dec 3, 2009 5:48:26 AM

  10. Evil bastard heteroshitual.... now rot.

    Posted by: nikko | Apr 23, 2010 1:42:47 PM

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