Ex-death row inmate gets life without parole
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — A former death row inmate convicted of murder has taken a plea deal sentencing him to life without parole.
The Pensacola News Journal reports 48-year-old Robert Hobart has been on death row since 2012 for the 2010 slaying of Robert Hamm and Tracie Tolbert. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida’s death penalty unconstitutional and now requires juries recommending the death penalty be unanimous.
Hobart was sentenced to death by a 7-5 jury vote, and the retroactive requirement allowed him a new jury trial. Hobart opted for a plea deal in court Tuesday, avoiding potentially being sentenced to death again. He also waived his right make any post-convictions claims once the sentence is finalized.
Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com