FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Lionel Tate pleaded guilty Wednesday to the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man last spring, which could net him up to 30 years in prison but spare him a possible life sentence for violating probation in the 1999 killing of a young girl.
Tate, once the youngest person in modern U.S. history to receive a life prison sentence, said "Yes, sir" when Broward County Circuit Judge Joel T. Lazarus asked him if he would plead guilty to the robbery. Lazarus scheduled sentencing for April 3, and said Tate could receive between 10 and 30 years in prison.
It was a choice of 10-30 (meaning a minimum of a ten year sentance vs 25-life with a minimum Senatce of 25 years. I think the lawyers gave him the best deal possible so I am predicting in 15 years or so Lionel who will be 34 will come out of Jail being "saved" by god to try to milk some money off his brutal fame only in another 5 years or so to violate the law with possibly an even more violent crime.
I wonder if just putting him in jail for life in the end wouldn't have been better for young Lionel and cheaper for the state.