A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday in the killing of an African-American teenager outside a Jacksonville convenience store.
Michael Dunn, 47, of Satellite Beach, was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting Jordan Davis, 17, over the loud rap music coming out of his SUV in November 2012.
Circuit Judge Russell Healey handed down the death penalty after the prosecution declined to seek the death penalty.
“Mr. Dunn, your life is effectively over,” Healey said, according to The Associated Press. “What is sad is that this case exemplifies that our society seems to have lost its way.”
Prosecutors say Dunn, a white software engineer, fired 10 shots into the Dodge Durango carrying Davis, of Marietta, Ga., and three other teens. Three bullets struck Davis.
Evidence reveals that Dunn continued to fire at the vehicle as the driver attempted to escape with his life.
In the courtroom, Dunn said he drove to the convenience store that day to purchase a bottle of wine with his fiancée when he was offended by the loud hip hop.
“He looked at his girlfriend and said, ‘I hate that thug music,'” prosecutor John Guy said.
Dunn claims he acted in self-defense and thought he saw Davis holding a gun while they argued over the volume of the stereo.