Man who stabbed teen 70 times wants sentence tossed

Man who stabbed teen 70 times wants sentence tossed

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In 1999, Jimmy Bedoya was sentenced to life in prison, but he could some day become a free man.

Bedoya was arrested for the 1995 murder of Shauna Card.  He was in court on Thursday trying to get a public defender assigned to his case, but that was denied after he was told he did not fill out the proper paperwork.

Card, 17, had ridden the bus from Cypress Creek High School to her home in the Barley Club apartments off South Orange Blossom Trail.  At about 2:30 p.m., she called her mother to tell her she was home from school.   A few hours later, her mother arrived home and found her daughter had been stabbed multiple times.

Bedoya, a fellow student of Shauna's who lived in the same apartment complex, was arrested three years later.  A year later, at the age of 21, Bedoya was convicted in the teen's violent death.  He now wants to use a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that no longer makes it mandatory for juveniles convicted of murder to spend the rest of their lives in jail.

The victim's stepmother, Beverly Card, was in court on Thursday and told reporters, "I don't want him to get out.  He brutally murdered my daughter!"

Bedoya was ordered back to prison, but the family thinks this is far from over.  If he wins this battle, he could get out of prison with time served -- something Card's father doesn't think should happen.

"This is not a group of people. This is one person who stabbed my daughter 70 times, pinned her down, so she couldn't move, when she was still alive, while she was dying and went about his business."

Card's parents hope State prosecutor Jeff Ashton, who will soon take on the job as State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, will step in and help.  No future court dates have been scheduled.

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