Monday, April 23, 2018
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Last of three defendants in 'Hiccup girl' case found guilty

The last of three defendants involved in a robbery that turned fatal in St. Petersburg three years ago was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday and sentenced to life in prison.

The case gained international headlines because one defendant was Jennifer Mee, better known as "Hiccup girl" because of a chronic case of the hiccups she had as a teenager that also gained worldwide attention.

A jury found Lamont Antonio Newton, 25, guilty of first-degree murder Friday. A judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mee, now 22, and Laron Cordale Raiford also were found guilty in trials earlier this year and received the same sentence.

On Oct. 23, 2010, Mee lured Shannon Griffin, a man she had met online, to a vacant St. Petersburg house where Newton and Raiford planned to rob him. After a struggle, Griffin, 22, was shot three times in the chest and once in the shoulder with a .38-caliber revolver.

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