Court appearance: 25 years for teen in homeless man's death

AP News
Posted: Nov 16, 2015 7:38 PM

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing a homeless man.

As part of a plea deal with Lee County prosecutors, the 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder during a hearing, local media outlets attending the court appearance reported. He had been facing a first-degree murder charge and possible life sentence.

Authorities said the youth left his Cape Coral home one night in August 2014, walked to a homeless camp, stabbed 51-year-old Thomas J. Bergstrom multiple times with a bread knife and returned home. Police said there was no evidence the teen knew Bergstrom before the killing.

The Associated Press does not generally name minors charged with crimes.


Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,