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Lionel Tate, a 13-year-old teenager, cries in the courtroom after receiving a life sentence for the brutal murder of a 6-year-old girl in the United States in 2001.

Lionel Tate was only 12 years old when he was charged with murdering his 6-year old playmate, Tiffany Eunick.

Tate claimed that he was performing wrestling moves on Tiffany while his mother slept in another room. Tate had a notable fascination with the WWF. In court, he went into detail about the moves of his favorite wrestler, “The Rock” (Dwayne Johnson).

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However, medical examiners determined that Tiffany’s bruises were more consistent with a repeated attack with fists and feet.

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At the age of 13, Lionel Tate was convicted of 1st Degree murder and became the youngest American to ever be sentenced to life in prison

Two and a half years later, under public pressure, the sentence was changed to a year of probation and 10 years of probation. He was released from prison in January 2004.

A year later he committed an armed robbery, and then assault with grievous bodily harm. The new sentence was 30 years in prison without the right to parole.

 

 

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