Orlando office shooter enters plea, sentenced to 30 years

- Instead of arguing his case for a new trial, a man charged with second-degree murder stemming from a 2009 shooting at a Downtown Orlando office building unexpectedly pleaded no-contest on Wednesday.  Jason Rodriguez, who was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Otis Beckford, was sentenced to 30 years in state prison under the plea deal.

In 2007, Rodriguez was fired RS&H, an engineering consulting firm.  Prosecutors said Rodriguez became disgruntled and had planned a shooting spree at Orlando's Gateway Center that left Beckford dead and injured five others.  In 2013, a jury found Rodriguez guilty of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted first-degree murder.  A Florida appeals court reversed Rodriguez's conviction in August over improper instruction by then trial Judge Belvin Perry Jr.

"Do you understand the right you are giving away," a judge asked Rodriguez on Wednesday, to which he replied, "Yes, you Honor."    Rodriguez has six years time served and will spend at least 24 years in state prison.

 App Store Get it on Google Play

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories