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Burglar gets life sentence, and then some, from judge

Edwin Humphrey stood silently as the judge sentenced him to life in prison.

He had been convicted earlier of armed burglary and faces the death penalty on a separate charge. During Friday's hearing, the 22-year-old did little more than nod his head _ until he was walking out of the courtroom.

"Thanks for the life sentence, a------," Humphrey said to Circuit Judge William Webb.

Webb looked away.

The judge had just finished sentencing Humphrey to life plus 15 years. Those extra years were for convictions on other charges the night of the botched armed burglary.

Friday's hearing was the second time in three days that Humphrey had received a sentence to follow his life sentence.

On Wednesday, Humphrey spewed profanity at County Judge William Sestak, who found him in willful contempt of court and sentenced him to 179 days in jail, to be served after his life sentence.

He can't serve those sentences, but judges have imposed them anyway.

Humphrey still faces the death penalty if convicted of murdering Robert Hay, his conspirator in the June 27, 2001, burglary of the Coral Sands Motel in Hudson. He had been released from prison less than two weeks earlier.

Louise "Rose" Kasper, the victim who was beaten in Humphrey's burglary at the Coral Sands, used Friday's hearing as opportunity to bash the justice system.

"Humphrey wasn't ready to get out of prison," she said.

She also blasted Pasco County sheriff's detectives gathered in the courtroom. She said they took too long _ four days _ to find and arrest Humphrey. In the meantime, investigators say her boyfriend, Gary Evers, took the law into his own hands and killed a man he thought was a burglar. As it turns out, he killed the wrong man. Evers was charged with murder.

"Why did it take a major crime investigator that long to find such a stupid crook?" she asked while reading from a prepared statement.

And she turned her ire on Humphrey. She said that during the burglary she grabbed his gun from him and fired. If it had not been a pellet gun, she said, she would have killed the two men.

"That haunts me," she said.

She added, "Edwin Humphrey got no cash June 27, but he robbed me anyway."

_ Ryan Davis is the police reporter in Pasco County. He can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245, or toll-free at 800-333-7505, ext. 6245. His e-mail address is rdavissptimes.com.

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