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Pasco double murder, after stand your ground tries, ends in plea

Christopher Lamarr Amy was sentenced last month to 60 years in prison. His attorneys had tried to invoke stand your ground in the stabbing deaths of two Holiday men.

The man accused in a gruesome 2014 Pasco County double-murder was set for yet another stand your ground hearing on Oct. 24. But that never happened. That same day, Christopher Lamarr Amy pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, according to court records. A judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison, with credit for more than five years of time served.

Amy, now 48, was arrested after the May 2014 deaths of his ex-roommate, 56-year-old Raymond Rossi, and Rossi’s new roommate, 39-year-old Jason Heintz. Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies said they found the men in their trailer, stabbed several times with a buck knife. Their families were advised against viewing the bodies.

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According to an arrest report, Amy had returned to the Holiday home after serving a nine-month jail sentence in Georgia. When he saw that an urn containing his parents’ remains had been moved, he got upset and argued with Rossi, the report said. Amy went to stay at a friend’s house but left that evening, then returned about an hour later wearing only bloody boxer shorts, according to the report.

Amy’s attorneys later argued that one of the victims attacked Amy first when he went to pick up his belongings.

His case dragged through dozens of court dates, according to court records. Two days before a scheduled stand your ground hearing, Amy’s attorneys filed a motion for continuance. Prosecutors had added a jailhouse informant to the witness list, and defense attorneys needed time to depose him.

Two days later, Amy signed a plea agreement. Had he lost his stand your ground hearing, the case would have gone to trial, and he could have faced the death penalty or life without parole.