Shawn A. Tyson was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in last month’s shooting deaths of James M. Cooper, 25, and James Thomas Kouzaris, 24, both of England, Sarasota Police Chief Mikel T. Hollaway said in a written statement.
Tyson will be tried as an adult and, if convicted of first-degree murder, could receive life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, Hollaway said.
The neighborhood where the British men were found is a housing project in north Sarasota called Newtown, police said.
Police said the murders were an isolated incident at the complex, where the housing authority has been working to address problems.
The two men were believed to be friends who recently graduated from college and were in Sarasota to celebrate.
iWonder what evidence they have besides just living near the scene and an older charge not (conviction) of aggravation assault with a gun charge have to do with him getting arrested ? o i c lmao he confessed why didnt they just say so… damnit made me look stupid.
Coming from a young male it seems this brother got over his head real quick in life but what is the real problem these tragedies happen is the question is it his society to leave him at the door step and not let him in. a lot of people complain but don’t never take no actions. how can we ever be a factor if we never been a actor… Give this generation some opportunities quick or you will just be reading stories like this in the news every night.
- Sarasota murder suspect ‘confessed’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- Florida Teen ‘Admits’ Killing British Pair (news.sky.com)
- Richmond man charged with second-degree murder in Vancouver case (theprovince.com)
- 2nd arrest made in Saskatoon slaying (cbc.ca)