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Killer escapes death, but not a life in prison
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: Levesque, William R
Date: Sep 23, 2000
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The Supreme Court ruled this year that [James Randall] could be guilty only of second-degree murder and imposed convictions against Randall for that lesser charge. It sent him back to [Susan Schaeffer] to be re- sentenced.

Indeed, prosecutor Glenn Martin asked Schaeffer to sentence Randall as a habitual violent felony offender. Randall qualified because he had been convicted in his native Massachusetts of rape and kidnapping charges in 1986.

The judge said she wondered whether Randall qualified to be incarcerated under the Jimmy Ryce Act, a state law that lets officials lock up sex offenders for treatment indefinitely after their prison terms end. That might come into play, Schaeffer said, "if the parole board for any reason I can't imagine ever paroles Mr. Randall."

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