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st pete times 4/37/84 - 8b- ST. PETERSBURG TIMES FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1984...
8b- ST. PETERSBURG TIMES FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1984 Man gets life in prison for landlady's death By LYNDA RICHARDSON St. Petersburg Times Stett Wr.tT Before he was sentenced to life in prison Thursday, David Sean Milord was given a copy of The Gospel According to John. Tucked in a small white envelope, it was from the sister of the elderly woman he had killed. The sister did not stay in the courtroom to watch the 20-year-old be sentenced, t ' i Milord, who locked like a high school student in his wire-rjjpmed glasses, blue sweater and dark pantiL, received a life term with no hope of parole for 25 years for the slaying of his former landlady, Laura Lee Tutten. The pale, dark-haired man also received a concurrent 60-year sentence on a burglary charge. Milord had confessed to Ms. Tutten's murder three weeks after the 62-year-old woman was found on her apartment floor July 29. He had walked up to a Santa Monica, Calif, police station and told a lieutenant there that he was wanted for a murder in St. Petersburg. Milord had also asked whether police officers could find a home for a tiny black puppy that he had brought with him in a shopping cart. A Pinellas jury convicted Milord last month and recommended on an 11-1 vote that he should spend his life in prison for the killing. On Thursday, Pinellas Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer followed the jury's recommendation. She told Milord that he has the ability to be a kind, decent man, but that he also is capable of committing "outrageous" acts against innocent people. "All of us would like to think when we're in the privacy of our home, we don't have to worry about having outrageous acts perpetrated on us," the judge said. State prosecutor Larry Sandefer did not seek the death penalty. In such a case, Sandefer said, a death sentence probably would have been reversed on appeal if the judge overrode the jury's recommendation. Prosecutors contended that Milord, with stealing in mind, crept into the two-story apartment where the frail, petite woman lived. When Ms. Tutten woke from her sleep, Milord killed her so she could not identify him. He stole $175 from the woman. Milord's attorneys pointed out that their client had turned himself in and had shown a great deal of remorse. They noted that he had no significant prior record. During the trial, witnesses had testified about Milord's emotionally troubled childhood. He had been abandoned by his parents when he was very young and spent time in at least six foster homes between ages 6 and 10.

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  1. Tampa Bay Times,
  2. 27 Apr 1984, Fri,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 4

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