FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) ― Convicted child killer Lionel Tate was back in court Tuesday morning where he made a plea deal in connection with charges that he robbed a pizza delivery man.
Right before jury selection was scheduled to begin, Tate, 21, pled no contest to a charge of armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
He received a ten year sentence to run concurrently with a 30-year sentence he received last year for violating his probation after he was caught with a gun.
Tate allegedly held up that pizza delivery man in 2005. A second charge of probation violation was dropped.
Tate's mother, Kathleen Grossett Tate, left court saying: "I'm tired of the whole system, the whole case, I'm just tired."
Despite Tuesday's plea deal, this case if far from over.
Tate's attorney, Jim Lewis, plans to appeal the 30 year probation violation sentence claiming that it is excessive because Lionel wasn't the one waving the gun in the robbery.
"Yes, Lionel participated in the theft but he was not standing there with a gun, robbing somebody," according to Lewis.
An effort last year to get Tate's robbery case thrown out failed when an appeals court upheld that 30-year probation violation sentence.
Tate was trying to have his sentence thrown out by claiming his attorney was incompetent. But the 4th District Court of Appeals declined to reverse it.
In 2001, Tate was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 6-year-old playmate Tiffany Eunick. In 2004, an appeals court overturned that sentence, and ordered him to serve a year's house arrest and 10 years probation.
Before the appeals court intervened, Tate was the youngest person in modern U.S. history to get a life prison term. He was 12 at the time of the killing.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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