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Florida inmate gets second death sentence for killing fellow inmate

Rocky Ali Beamon previously had been sentenced to life in prison for a 2005 murder in Hillsborough County.
Authorities say Rocky Ali Beamon strangled and stabbed 27-year-old Nicholas Anderson in January 2017 when they shared a cell at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton. [Florida Department of Corrections]
Authorities say Rocky Ali Beamon strangled and stabbed 27-year-old Nicholas Anderson in January 2017 when they shared a cell at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton. [Florida Department of Corrections]
Published Nov. 20
Updated Nov. 20

PENSACOLA — A Florida prison inmate already on death row for killing a fellow inmate has received another death sentence for killing a different inmate.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that 41-year-old Rocky Ali Beamon received his new sentence last week. He pleaded guilty in August to first-degree murder.

Authorities say Beamon strangled and stabbed 27-year-old Nicholas Anderson in January 2017 when they shared a cell at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton.

He had previously been sentenced to death for fatally choking and stabbing Bruce Hunsicker in the shower area of Apalachee Correctional Institution in Sneads in July 2012. Beamon said he killed Hunsicker because the man was a sex offender.

Beamon was there serving a life sentence for a 2005 murder case from Hillsborough County.

In a plea deal executed in 2005, Beamon was sentenced to life in prison on charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery.

On Feb. 13, 2015, Debbie Lacey’s sister told sheriff’s deputies that she had not seen Lacey in a week. Four days later, deputies arrested two men driving her 1998 Lincoln Continental. The men said they had traded crack cocaine for the car several days earlier.

On the same day they found the car, deputies found Lacey's body in a wooded area near Mirror Lake in Seffner.

Within hours of finding Lacey, investigators traced the Lincoln to Beamon and his girlfriend, Karen Wilkins. The couple admitted they tried to rob Lacey. Beamon said he hit her on the head with a stick, tied her hands behind her back and taped her mouth, deputies said.

He also admitted putting her head under water until she drowned, deputies said.

Wilkins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison and 10 years’ probation.

Information from Times files was used in this report.

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