USA - Florida. James Guzman sentenced to death

USA - James Guzman (FL)

02 April 2024 :

March 31, 2024 - Florida. James Guzman sentenced to death
After a week-long resentencing hearing, a Volusia County jury voted 12-0 in favor of the death penalty for James Guzman for the brutal murder and robbery of a Virginia businessman he chauffeured.
Guzman, now 59, has previously been found guilty three different times for using a sword to kill the victim in Daytona Beach on August 10, 1991. The defendant then stole money and a diamond ring from him, which he sold for crack cocaine and cash.
The first two convictions were overturned on appeal and were sent back for new trials. The most recent conviction of the defendant for the crime was in 2016. At that time, a jury voted in favor of the death penalty for Guzman in an 11-1 decision, but that sentence was nullified the following year after Florida courts began requiring unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases.
However, in April 2023, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill authorizing a new non-unanimous sentencing standard of 8-4 in capital cases. This new law was utilized for this resentencing.
Judge Dawn Nichols will pronounce sentence after another hearing at a later date.
On the Guzman case see also HoC 17/03/2010, 03/05/2016 and 22/02/2018.,-By%20Staff&text=After%20a%20week%2Dlong%20resentencing,a%20Virginia%20businessman%20he%20chauffeured.


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