Sunday, June 22, 2003

Teen gets life sentence for fatal burglary

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - A teenager avoided the death penalty in a fatal burglary when he was a minor, receiving instead a life prison sentence.

Jasper Pollini, 18, was convicted of shooting Byron Pruitt as Pollini was taking things from the garage of Pruitt's neighbor last year.

After a jury deliberated for 90 minutes, Jefferson Circuit Judge Stephen Ryan on Friday imposed the prison term without the possibility of parole for 25 years. The jury could have recommended the death penalty.

Pollini burglarized the garage in May 2002, then left. He returned with his sister, 22-year-old Crystal Plank, to retrieve objects left at the scene. When Pruitt, 44, rushed to help his neighbor, Pollini shot him.

Pollini was convicted Thursday of murder, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property more than $300.

Plank was found guilty of complicity to second-degree manslaughter and facilitation to first-degree burglary. For her, the jury recommended 10 years in prison.

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