News: BREAKING: C-Murder Sentenced To Life In Prison
Friday, Aug 14, 2009 1:16PM
Incarcerated rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder earlier this week.
The decision was reportedly made in court Friday (August 14) afternoon.
Miller was formally sentenced to life in prison Friday for his conviction on the charge that he murdered a teenager in a Harvey nightclub in 2002. Judge Hans Liljeberg earlier denied a request for a re-trial made on behalf of Miller. Following the announcement of the sentence, Miller's attorney filed a motion to appeal the verdict to the Court of Appeals. (WWLTV News)
Acknowledging the death of 16 year-old Steve Thomas who Miller was convicted of murdering in 2002, his sister Germaine Miller expressed her reaction upon leaving the Louisiana courtroom on Tuesday (August 11).
"I have feelings and I'm sorry for Steve Thomas' family," Miller's sister said leaving the courtroom. "I lost a brother also...Where are all the witnesses at the club? Come out, be here, be a witness, come up here. If you not Corey, don't worry about [the name] C-Murder, you come up here and show these people we need to deal with this! We need to deal with it. I'm tired of everybody holding their breath...Where is justice? Where is Barack?" (YouTube)
Murder was initially given a guilty verdict, however, a judge forced jurors to re-do their decision.
The jury returned to the courtroom just before 11 a.m. Tuesday with its verdict. [Judge] Liljeberg said the vote was 10-2, enough for a second-degree murder conviction. But he said he believed one juror may have changed his or her vote only for the purposes of ending the deliberations. (NOLA News)
A second decision was given shortly afterward which determined the rapper's fate.
The Louisiana jury reached the 10-2 verdict around 1:30 p.m. in its second day of deliberations. Jurors had reached the same verdict earlier in the day, but District Judge Hans Liljeberg ordered them back to the jury room for more deliberation because of a questionable vote. Liljeberg said after the verdict's initial reading that one juror had apparently changed her vote just to end deliberations. Three jurors had been seen crying in the courtroom Tuesday morning, and the day before they sent a note that they were having trouble reaching a consensus. (Associated Press)
Footage of Germaine Miller's reaction landed online shortly after the original guilty verdict: