MIAMI (AFP) – A Florida man who fatally shot a black teenager during an argument over loud music was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was convicted October 1 of first-degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012.
The case has been widely followed in the United States, which has been rocked by a series of racially tinged shooting incidents in recent years.
“I truly regret what happened,” Dunn said in a short statement he read to Davis’s family in court.
“If I could roll back time and do things differently I would. … Still, I’m mortified I took a life.”
At his trial, Dunn said he approached a group of teens in a sports utility vehicle and asked them to turn down their music, but they refused.
Dunn said he feared for his life when one teenager started to get out of the car and approach him. Dunn pulled a pistol out of his glove box and opened fire.
“To lose a child is a parent’s worst nightmare,” Judge Russell Healey said prior to sentencing, according to The Florida Times-Union.