Last year he spent four days dodging the largest manhunt in Pinellas County history. On Tuesday James Randall - caught, convicted and sentenced to die - was brought to court shackled hand and foot so he could plead guilty to fleeing and eluding police.
Randall, 42, is already headed to death row for strangling two Clearwater prostitutes, Wendy Evans and Cynthia Pugh. For fleeing police, Circuit Judge Brandt Downey also sentenced him to five years in prison as a habitual violent offender, a sentence he will serve while awaiting execution.
The judge asked Randall routine questions about his education and health, and the Dunedin window installer reponded politely, in a voice marked by a strong Massachusetts accent. Even after the cuffs were removed from his wrists, he kept his hands clasped behind him and rocked back and forth in his jail-issued white socks and blue flip-flops.