'Hiccup Girl' Guilty of Murder

Jennifer Mee gets life sentence, without parole
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 21, 2013 5:24 AM CDT
Defendant Jennifer Mee weeps upon hearing the verdict.   (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Scott Keeler, Pool)
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(Newser) – A Florida woman who became famous for her uncontrollable hiccupping was found guilty of first-degree murder last night and will serve life in prison without parole. A Pinellas County jury deliberated for four hours before delivering the verdict against 22-year-old Jennifer Mee, who wept in the Clearwater courtroom as it was read. Minutes later, Judge Nancy Moate Ley explained that the only possible sentence for the charge was life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mee's attorneys said she suffered from schizophrenia and Tourette's Syndrome, and a court psychiatrist said her intelligence was "low normal." As a 15-year-old, Mee developed a case of the hiccups that wouldn't go away and appeared on national TV shows. They mostly went away on their own, though Mee still takes medication to control them. In 2010, Mee lured Shannon Griffin, a 22-year-old Walmart worker, to an abandoned home under the pretense of buying marijuana. Once there, two of Mee's friends robbed Griffin at gunpoint—but he struggled and was shot four times. (Read more Hiccup Girl stories.)

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