Fort Worth Shoplifter Gets Life In Prison

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A man has been sentenced to life in prison for shoplifting and knocking down a Fort Worth store worker who later died.

The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office says William Kennedy was sentenced Wednesday after being convicted of aggravated robbery.

While fleeing a Walmart after stealing a television last year, the 38-year-old knocked down a worker who hit his head.

Bruce Florence died nine days later in a hospital. The 56-year-old Florence suffered from hepatitis and had been waiting for a liver transplant.

Tarrant County prosecutors told jurors that Kennedy had nine prior convictions, including ones for theft, drugs and burglary.

After the trial, prosecutor Nelda Cacciotti said she hopes all shoplifters get the message that thefts may have long-term consequences.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • YRofTexas

    Justice Prevailed!

  • Randy Young

    It never ceases to amaze me that some people believe that they can do anything that they want to do. I am a former cop from Arkansas and currently work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and I deal with convicted felons each and every day. And without fail they all feel like they are OWED something by society. They are owed nothing.

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  • AC

    Life in Prison for technically involuntary manslauter. Yes, this was blind justice….NOT. only in Texas…where we kill and lock up those we dont like for any reason.

    • AC sucks

      you’re an effing idiot

    • james

      An aggravated robber who causes one to die deserves the punishment he got – especially having many prior convictions. Justice was served, but it is a tragedy for Mr. Florence’s relatives.

    • Bill Haley

      I think AC is DC

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  • Liz Salander

    Yep, Texas is the new communist Russia.

    • Bill Haley

      Liz Salamander…Love the name! Unfortunately, it’s sadly apparent you’ve never been to Europe and don’t know your world history. Putting killers in jail for life isn’t particularly harsh.

  • me

    AC, he had NINE prior convictions. He KILLED someone during the commission of a crime. He was not locked up for no reason. He obviously has no regard for the law and deserves what he got.

    • "Slick Larry"

      I am sure if his color was pale and a member of your family, your response would be differant.

      • susieq

        If he was a different color, perhaps he would have not done the crime. This is what happens when breeding occurs and the gubment is they daddy.

      • "Sick Larry is a Racist"

        The guy he killed was black too if I remember right. You probably protested the execution in Georgia the other day of the black racist for killing the cop. At the same time, you probably didn’t say a word about Texas executing a white racist on the same day, did you?

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