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Nicholas Lindsey, killer of Officer David Crawford: Convicted cop killer wants life sentence undone

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Clearwater, Florida -- Nicholas Lindsey's life sentence for killing a St. Petersburg police officer may be undone before the end of the day Monday.

Lindsey shot and killed Officer David Crawford in 2011. Monday, he'll be back in a Pinellas County courtroom to be re-sentenced for the crime.

He will certainly be going back to prison, but we don't know for how long.

Nicholas Lindsey had just turned 16 when he gunned down Officer Crawford.

Once he was convicted as an adult of first degree murder, Florida law gave the judge only one possible sentence: life in prison.

Children under 18 cannot be executed in the United States.

But in the time since Lindsey's life sentence was handed down, the U.S. Supreme Court has made a key ruling.

People under 18 can't simply be handed an automatic life sentence. There has to be some consideration of alternatives.

So Lindsey has been brought back from state prison for a hearing Monday morning that will decide his fate a second time.

Witnesses will be called, and we expect some of Officer Crawford's family and friends to be here as well.

Crawford was holding only a notepad when Lindsey shot him and ran away in Downtown St. Petersburg back in February of 2011.

It's not clear what sentence Lindsey will get. One possibility would be life, but this time with a possiblity for parole after several years.

We'll bring you updates here on and on 10 News at Noon.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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